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Blindness - Wrapped in Plastic

by Jeff Penczak Rating:8 Release Date:2015-07-24

Blindness is an aggressive trio of noise-mongers that includes former Curve/Echobelly/Snowpony guitarist Debbie Smith alongside bassist Emma Quick and vocalist Beth Rettig (all three are credited with 'noise'). Feedback aficionados take note – this one will scrape the paint off your living room walls while its ferocious energy will have you pogoing around the room. A little dark, a little gothic (‘Song for the Deserving’ has a mean Sisters of Mercy vibe that recalls ‘Lucretia, My Reflection’), maybe some Swervedriving shoegazing, and a soupcon of JAMCy shriekback.

But through it all, the gals' uncanny ability to couch all their noise in incessant melodies makes for an eminently enjoyable listen. (The lead track, ‘Confessions’, is one of the hottest and heaviest earwigs you’ll hear all summer). OK, so Rettig sometimes feels like she’s channeling Chrissie Hynde or Siouxsie (‘No One Counts’), but I’m OK with that because this is certainly not boring.

In fact, the about-face they pull on the dubsteppin’ reggae-raga ‘Humming Song’ shows there’re more than a few sonic tricks in their old trip bag. Hey, I could’ve swore I heard Lennon’s ‘How Do You Sleep’ rampaging around inside the razorsharp, industrialised cacophony ‘Broken’ (with a sexy-as-hell, drool-inducing vocal, to boot!) So these are not your typical Girl on a Motorcycle, leather-clad dolly birds looking to get peeled, rather hard-rocking veterans incorporating their varied influences into a darkly fascinating listening experience.

And if you’re in the area with nothing to do tomorrow (Sunday) night, catch their record release party at Nambucca on Holloway Road, London N7.

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