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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:


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.


"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.


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."


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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