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ALAMOS – Kill Baby Kill/Small Ships (Pet Piranha 7")

Posted: November 15th, 2004, by Stuart Fowkes

Now this is more like it. The 7″ from top Scottish art-rock types Alamos comes with a nice hand-written letter musing about everything from what they’ve been up to recently to the rise of Franz Ferdinand and how this here record came to be in the first place. Charming, and not a hint of wanting to rub the human race’s face in its own vomit. It’s enough to make me want to be their penpals, but I should probably limit myself to listening to the single. ‘Kill Baby Kill’ is a sharp-edged little beast, coming over like a less embittered McLusky: overdriven basslines and Magazine-like guitar figures tumbling over each other in a race to the middle eight, where they replace what lesser bands might fill with a feeble solo by cranking up the Angular-o-meter to, ooh, eight (which makes it less jagged than Nation of Ulysses, but more all over the place than GVSB on the scale I’ve just made up). Imagine Franz Ferdinand playing Jawbreaker songs, and if that sounds like your bag, then my notes tell me the single’s out today, so check it out.

Pet Piranha Records

Stuart Fowkes

Stuart is possibly one of the tallest people you have ever seen. He towers above your puny skyscrapers like Rodan on steroids, his blonde spikes puncturing the atmosphe re like crazed, gelled knives. In real life he is part of the Sunnyvale Noise Sub-element pop outfit, and writes for other websites as well as this one - the cheeky blighter. He favours the noisier end of the musical spectrum, with a fervour which would seem to indicate a dodgy heavy metal past.


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