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Friday, 13 July 2012

Record Review - The Bresslaws

Find My Way Home

The erstwhile vicar of Hoo St Werburgh church and frontman for The Bresslaws, Andy Harding, leads the charge as the Medway-based band power through a second album of high octane mod R&B, aggressive garage-punk (including a no-holds-barred cover of Billy Childish's 'Lie Detector') and the occasional detour into bubbling psychedelics underscored by Rene Petrovich's soulful, ghostly organ runs. It's true, many have been this way before – but few do it quite so well. 

Highlights are plentiful but special mention should go to the visceral garage-psych of 'Facing My Confusion', where Harding sings the immortal line "I'm trapped in a hole inside my brain", the mellower 'Hazy Day', a snot-and-snarl reading of '(I'm Not Your) Stepping Stone' and the superb title-track, 'Find My Way Home', a shining beacon guiding anyone who digs the dark swirl of ’60s-inspired psychedelia to this quintet's garage door. 

Alan Brown

[Note: This album was scheduled for release in 2011, along with several other Twenty Stone Blatt titles, but the stock was destroyed in the PIAS fire. This is the first official release of the album outside of a handful of copies sold by the band]

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