Sunday, February 12, 2012

Damages - Tie A Ribbon

Cranky things develop in the outliers. Damages, from Burnham-On-Sea in Somerset, aren't sensationally inventive - staccato guitar, razorwire bass, driving drums - but along with a singer who sounds curiously like Gwen Stefani their scratchy, arty mess of accusatory post-punk with cowbell stands its ground between the spiky new wave brigade of 2003-04 and the Help She Can't Swim/Angular Records school of scratchy jolting.

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