BABES NEVER DIE FAT CAT, OUT NOW Irresistible second album from Scottish garage-rock duo.
Anyone who so much as walked past the door of an indie gig in the ’ 90s is likely to be plunged into a vivid flashback sequence by Babes Never Die, a record that makes you feel woefully underdressed if you’re not wearing DMs while you listen to it. Sea Hearts and Love Is A Disease pay heavy homage to The Delgados and their Chemikal Underground friends, while Cruel could be a round-edged, safety-scissors version of Throwing Muses. Courtney Love and Kim Deal have clearly leaned over Honeyblood’s cradle too, bestowing abundant gifts of attitude and melody. Yet despite their retro qualities, frontwoman Stina Tweeddale and drummer Cat Myers ensure Babes Never Die is far from musical passive smoking, Sister Wolf and Justine, Misery Queen highlighting the pair’s ability to twist their songs into new, potently alluring shapes. VICTORIA SEGAL
Listen To: Sea Hearts | Love Is A Disease | Cruel Kids
Honeyblood (Stina Tweeddale, left, and Cat Myers): “abundant gifts of attitude and melody.”