By Kenny McMurtrie
November 28, 2013
New year, new Too Pure Singles Club – twelve 7?s in a number of colours hitting the hall doormat throughout the year. With the advent of mp3s you don’t even need to play them as you’re emailed virtual copies too; keep them pristine for your heirs! Sell them for vast profits and buy a small island! The choice is yours …
Cobalt blue is this month’s vinyl colour and very striking it is too. Combined with the kind of psychedelic single cover this is probably one of the best of this year’s club releases to behold.
As for hearing rather than seeing it the Somerset-based quintet pull no punches in the Sixties-influenced stomp of A-side ‘Death Of A Vampire’. It’s got a big, brass-driven opening that drops off to allow the initial vocal refrain through but by the time the chorus arrives all the stops are out and it pounds along. The backing vocals lend it a nice pop sensibility though so don’t assume it’s just balls-to-the-wall, mindless thumping as it develops. Euphoric it very much is though.
The single’s B-side is a version of the band’s ‘Jellyroll’ recorded live at Moles in Bath. A sparser sound than that of the A-side but that’ll no doubt be down to the live nature of the recording. It’s also more straightforward in terms of rock sensibilities but, short & sweet, it’ll have you nodding along.
Look out next month for the competition we’ll be running to win a copy of each of this year’s releases.