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The further element of their sound that, for me, catapults them beyond other bands making the same raucous music (they like to call it ‘fight pop’) is the clearly Scottish sound, present not just in Baillie Jnr and Gunn’s vocals, but even in the guitar sound. There’s a nod to their roots, at times sounding a little Idlewild, even a little Degrassi. Second track ‘All Us Authors’ has an immediacy in the guitar work, a layering of sound creating a slightly panicked feel – like being trapped in your Auntie’s house watching Songs of Praise when the Pixies are on at the Barras. The drums are relentless, and third track ‘E Numbers’ possibly explains a lot – their manic approach to songwriting resting on an over-consumption of Mountain Dew, perhaps?!
Indeed, as I listen on through the album, it seems that though there are clear influences (‘Think and Feel’ sounds like Faith No More on Irn Bru, a more obscure reference being 2004-era Flying Matchstick Men) what really comes across is that this is a band with a truly established sound. The album sounds just as it should, and I am delighted. ‘Apostrophe’ is certainly more than a soon-to-be-neglected punctuation mark; ‘Seven Days Late’ couldn’t come too soon; and closer ‘Make A Fist’ has me leaping to my feet, doing exactly that.