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LEBATOL – Circo Russo (Function Records)

Posted: June 30th, 2005, by Fraser Campbell

Strongly reminiscent of The Screaming Trees, this four track EP lacks real punch, mainly down to muddy production.

A shame really, as Lebatol have come up with some interesting, well crafted songs and demonstrate that they are not afraid to mix a pretty straight up rock sound with some unusual and refreshing percussive touches.

Singer Shane Billingham tends to set the musical tone with a very distinctive voice, which I’m sure will be something of an acquired taste to most. Gravely and laconic, he sounds a little like Mark Arm meets Tom Waits.

This band aren’t there yet, but have shown enough potential on this E.P to suggest they may well be in the future.

A clever move in my book to steal the start of Cool Thing by Sonic Youth for their last track, the highly enjoyable Spectator NY, a SY/Heads-esque blast, which closes out the offering in real style.

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