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now this is fun. hot out of the new jersey bars roar the ever so cutely named the gay blades with the uk release of their debut long-player 'ghosts', an album that has been knocking about in form or another since summer 2007. though you might not believe it from the full-on rock swagger of the opening o shot, this band comprises solely of guitarist / vocalist clark westfield and drummer / vocalist puppy mills. not a bass player in sight. westfield and mills call their music 'trash pop', and there are echoes of paul westerberg and the replacements all over 'ghosts'. 'o shot' is the most obvious, a delirious and largely nonsensical slice of pure guitar scuzz. 'ghosts' is not all about thrusting in your face guitar rock, much as though you get the feeling westfield and mills would love it to be. 'dog day afternoon' and the closing 'prologue for the pure of heart' are bluesy ballads that wear their hearts on their sleeves. on something in construction records.
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