Cat No MBRR 145, released April 16th 2016, available from https://repeatfanzine.bandcamp.com/
Hanging onto the coat tails of near by Bury St. Edmunds, Rock City (TM), Cambridge seems to be experiencing a renaissance in guitar music. A host of imaginative, challenging, original, talented and just God-damn enthusiastic young bands are forming to play their Mum's front room, the school hall, at a mate's party or at one of R*E*P*E*A*T Young Performer's Gigs.
While many of these bands are still at the enviable stage of innocently revelling in their gloriously noisy racket, some have started to seriously stand out from the crowd. To help speed this process, R*E*P*E*A*T Records has begun a series of releases on the much neglected flexi disc format. The idea is that these physical records will help bands rise above the plethora of Soundclouds and the ubiquity of MP3s, without the pretentious claims of a 'proper' single release. And while being slightly disposable, they are works of art in their own right, with a far phatter sound than any digital file.
'You Flexi Thing Vol. 1' features two bands who both made a lasting impression while still in Year 11 at secondary school. Less than a year later, both are developing distinctive and original attitudes and sounds, as well as growing fanbases.
Matty and the Bullshark's (pictured above) mix of diffidence, danceability and non-deliberate equipment destruction is quickly earning them a following across East Anglia. Their infectious, effervescent exuberance has been winning over crowds from Bury St. Edmunds to London, as they have played with the likes of Slaves, Horse Party and Mortal Tides. Now it's your turn!
Deep City (pictured immediatley above and below) have already evolved to add some moodily atmospheric samples and darkpop depths to their guitar tunes, combining their love of 80s and 90s synth sounds with a 21st century pop sensibility. The inclusion of the hauntingly melodic yet defiantly dancy 'Where Are We' (recorded, like 'Devil's Dance', in the cramped confines of R*E*P*E*A*T's super Lo-Fi 'Big Badger Music Shack') should push them to the next level, helping gain them the exposure they deserve.
Kids are starting to go to gigs again, dressing cool, moshing madly and drinking surreptitiously. It feels brilliantly apt to be elbowed out of the mosh pit by a gaggle of teen punks and glammed up gig-goers. The Flexi Things.
Isn't it gloriously reassuring to experience the generation gap from the wrong side?
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