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The Amazing Snakeheads - Testifying Time / The Truth Serum [VINYL]

by Andy Brown Rating:5.5 Release Date:2013-06-18

From the first few seconds of this, the debut single from Glasgow's The Amazing Snakeheads, it's clear that they've spent many an hour listening to a certain well-dressed, Brighton-dwelling Australian. In fact, much of 'Testifying Time' bears more than a passing resemblance to 'Thirsty Dog' by Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds.

Now there's nothing wrong with soaking up some influences, indeed originality can often be an overrated commodity in rock 'n' roll. Plus, if you're going to listen to any artist on repeat, you could do worse than the consistently incredible Nick Cave. It's just that there's a fine line between influence and imitation and 'Testifying Time' veers dangerously close to the latter. However, the potential is clearly there and the band does a fairly convincing mid-period Bad Seeds racket over the songs brutally brief 65 seconds.

B-side 'Truth Serum' pricks up my ears some more by sounding genuinely deranged and confrontational, as singer Dale Barclay wails in his broad Scottish accent, "Come on child, there's no need to fucking hide…" The music rattles and wails, constantly sounding like it might collapse at any moment. 'Truth Serum' whips up the kind of sonic intensity we used to hear from the sadly missed Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster. I bet they kick up a storm live too.

'Testifying Time/Truth Serum' is a pretty decent debut single but perhaps lacks enough of its own personality to really blow you away. Be interesting to see where they go next.

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