Buzz Of The Month: THE GIFT – Running Around This Town LP

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THE GIFT
Running Around This Town LP
Time For Action Records

Alright you Top Boys and Knuckle Girls, I really hope you didn´t set your TFA order yet after the triumphant cry for glory of the WEEKS yesterday because here´s another scorcher comin´ from the same label to whip out your wallet for.
In case you ever thought of Powerpop only being some lame kind of coitus backbeat or of Mod Revival only being fit for crumpled pedantic traditionalists blustering about the sewing patterns of their Button-Down Shirts while sipping on a cup of Earl Grey and nibbling on a piece of malt loaf, then you´ve finally found the definite antithesis to this proposition by means of THE GIFT from Nantes and their actual full-length.
Almost two years after the release of their Debut EP on Une Vie Pour Rien those guys, having emerged from the likes of PROTOKIDS, JANITORS, RUDES and HEADLINERS, are presenting  a record that simply has to be denominated as absolutely unrivalled in it´s sound and attitude, once again giving proof that the TFA commander-in-chief Micha repeatedly evinces the right intuition to find extraordinary bands for his label.

In case of THE GIFT with a band that is subtly displaying grim Post Punk and Cold Wave moments by the means of JOY DIVISION or early THE CURE on the one and CHARLES DE GOAL on the other hand, not unlike FRUSTRATION from Paris by the way, being intercepted within´ their hopeless desperation by the febrile unrest and atmosphere of departure of the 1979 Mod Revival to be finally canalised into magnificent songs with a distinct vibe of their own.
In short, take over Tony Wilson, it´s time for the first Mods Mayday in Manchester !

9/10

 

 

 

 

 

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