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SPRAYDOG – Allison Blaire/Cut on down (NIRFA 7")

Posted: April 23rd, 2006, by Simon Minter

Spraydog have been quietly plugging away with their comfortably familiar brand of fuzzy indie pop for about a decade now, and it’s almost in their favour that as independent music in the main now seems more backward-looking than ever, they’ve stuck to their guns. This means that here there is no knowing irony, no nods to new wave, no desparation for Myspace-heavy, hey-we-could-get-signed-with-this mainstreaming. Whether it’s a good thing that hearing this kind of lazy male/female vocal fighting for vinyl space with warm, rough-edged sweeping guitar lines provokes thoughts of bands that were around at the time of Spraydog’s birth – Superchunk, Pavement, Boyracer, etc – or not, it’s hard not to enjoy the simplicity of decent, buzzing, morose pop music. It’s far from revolutionary or devastatingly exhilarating, but music is currently drenched in seriousness and desperately new music of varying degrees of success. Sometimes it’s no bad thing to play and listen to music for music’s sake.


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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