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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Blog round-up

An early round-up from some independent blogs and websites that have already picked up the Black Velvet EP:

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Unpopular's Coincidential Distractions, who gives us a taster of David Quantick's article in Scream City 5, which will form the basis of extensive sleevenotes in 2011's Nothing album:

"I thought they were the missing link between Freddie and The Dreamers and The Fall. They crafted perfect pop songs. Maybe they were ten years ahead of their time" - Kevin Cummins.

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"I remember this as a demo in '95. Stands up well with the old stuff. Great lost band of Manc." - Mick Middles.

It was Cerysmatic's Scream City 5 fanzine that gave us a sneak preview of a new Distractions track (I Thought You Were Dead) Josephine on the limited edition CDR.

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Rarebird's Distractions "Black Velvet" EP (2010), all the way from the US, who has written extensively on The Distractions before:

"Nobody’s Perfect... is one of rock’s long-lost treasures. It was technically a 'new wave' album which drew inspiration from three decades of music history before it, and had many moments of genuine emotional poignancy."

Theirs is a nice take on the EP:

"The six-minute title track and the five-minute “If You Were Mine” are quietly powerful pieces of melancholy pop, both written by guitarist Steve Perrin. The other track, “Still It Doesn’t Ring”, is a remake of a song from Nobody's Perfect. The song has matured into a touching adult-alternative work, with a more country-influenced flavor than the original. The EP makes for a cogent 15-minute listening experience."

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Last but not least from Snappish Productions, From The Comments Part 2, whose description of Time Goes By So Slow is yet to be bettered:

"FAC 12: The Distractions / Time Goes By So Slow may be the greatest 7" single ever released by Factory... a tale of lost love touring around the centre of Manchester. And it contains one of the greatest lines in Factory pop: "But Albert just won't do / I don't need him but you". Oh, and how the guitars drop out at 2:00, leaving the song wallowing in lonely synths and the saddest drumbeat you've ever heard, right before the final repeat of the chorus. It's just fantastic."

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