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John Peel faves lure Steve Al­bini to Scot­land for cat­a­logue over­haul

“We can’t do cred­i­ble,” sings Jan Bur­nett on the qui­etly com­bat­ive “We Are The Snare”, but clearly he’s mis­taken, given Steve Al­bini recorded this Dundee quin­tet’s 13th al­bum. Re­vis­it­ing 10 tracks amassed over more than two decades, they com­bine Joy Di­vi­sion’s in­ten­sity – es­pe­cially with, de­spite his heavy ac­cent, Bur­nett’s blunt, Ian Cur­tis-like de­liv­ery – and a lik­able C86 am­a­teurism, lend­ing de­but sin­gle “Su­per Slinky” a more mus­cu­lar qual­ity and switch­ing 1995 Fes­tive 50 fave “Bugs”’ fuzzy gui­tars for a solid, chug­ging ap­proach. A fiercely mo­torik, lo-fi “I Am God” con­firms they de­serve more than ‘Scot­land’s Best Kept Se­cret’ sta­tus.

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