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Wednesday, 15 August 2012

Record Review - Les Terribles

Quelque chose comme ça

This is the third long player by these French garage rockers and it is, to my ears, their strongest yet. As usual it’s a good mix of Gaelic covers and originals. In the case of ‘La Fermeture Éclair’, it’s their cover of a French ’60s cover of the American original ‘In The Past’ by We The People!

Ronnie Bird’s old warhorse ‘C’est Fini’ also makes an appearance. Having a female lead singer on it provides a refreshing change. What I take to be the originals are all strong and robust. For instance, ‘Daddy Longues Pattes’ is a tight, forceful blast, whilst ‘Jivaros’ is a spooky Cramps-like feeler and ‘Ton Nom’ starts all Dune Eddy but quickly runs away into an R&B wig-out.

All 12 tunes have good cohesion and above all they’re fun and that’s what this kind of record should always be. A great party record – play loud!

Paul Martin

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