UNCUT - - New Al­bums - JIM WIRTH

The 166 Ploughs A Lonely Fur­row CULT FIG­URES COR­PO­RA­TION 7/10 Art-time punks: Swell Maps pro­tégés’ long-fer­mented de­but

Suf­fi­ciently ob­scure that they were long as­sumed to be their art-school pals the Swell Maps in dis­guise, the Cult Fig­ures re­leased two wildly dis­parate sin­gles in their first in­car­na­tion – the Maps-ish “Zip Nolan” and the wist­ful “I Re­mem­ber” – be­fore dis­solv­ing in 1980. Real boys af­ter all, their splen­didly pre­sented de­but LP – named in hon­our of the bus from Cas­tle Bromwich to Soli­hull – ex­humes the band’s orig­i­nal song cache, with “The Small Room”, “Martin’s Hol­i­day” and psychedelic punka­roo “War On Fun” re­veal­ing the Cult Fig­ures as an ex­citable blend of Wire-ish art-school pop and Rollers shang-a-lang. Re­ally rather gear.

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