COUNT VASELINE

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Yo No Soy Marinero ★★★ OCDC

Ste­fan Mur­phy (formerly of Dublin band The Mighty Stef) may have moved to Athens, Ge­or­gia, but there’s no doubt­ing where his heart still re­sides. Dublin is all over Mur­phy’s first al­bum as Count Vaseline – he rem­i­nisces about “liv­ing in Marino” on Kids Goin’ Round the Moon, sings about Black Ir­ish post-war boxer in Billy Cy­clone Warren, and closes with North Cir­cu­lar Road, a seven-minute, dis­tor­tion-blasted hymn to the North­side. There’s plenty of in­tro­spec­tion, too – there are ref­er­ences to his fa­ther and daugh­ter, and some se­ri­ous soul-search­ing on Evil in your Eyes – but this is far from a self-in­dul­gent record; it’s much more fun than that. Raw garage rock and croon­ing fuzz-pop with nods to Bowie, Haw­ley and Je­sus and Mary Chain among many oth­ers, these 13 songs fizz with en­ergy and are full of heart. face­book.com/count­vase­line

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