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SMOKERS DIE YOUNGER – Kermit Song/Five-0 (Sheffield Phonographic Corporation)

Posted: June 23rd, 2005, by Simon Minter

This is an odd combination of cack-handed vocals, which bring to mind Pavement and – oddly – Dexy’s Midnight Runners, and light-hearted, drunkenly sprightly indie guitar noise. The two songs are shot through with some electronic burbling and the result is a smile-inducing slice of out-there-in-its-normality, ever-so-slightly-post-punk low fidelity pop. There’s nothing earth-shatteringly amazing or original happening here, but in a time when every other band I hear seems to have some kind of agenda and (often misguided) belief in its bleeding-edge newness, is that such a bad thing? Support the cause.

Smokers Die Younger
Sheffield Phonographic Corporation

Simon Minter

Simon joined diskant after falling on his head from a great height. A diskant legend in his own lifetime Simon has risen up the ranks through a mixture of foolhardiness and wit. When not breaking musical barriers with top pop combo Sunnyvale Noise Sub-element or releasing records in preposterously exciting packaging he relaxes by looking like Steve Albini.


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