Ah Brighton; Gay UK, London-On-Sea, the South East Riviera (how we laugh at that last one)? whatever it is to you, it's inarguably a provider of great musical alumni. In fact, when they're not rocking the Freebutt, the local indieists all seem to be hanging out with each other, hence this side project containing members of British Sea Power, Tenderfoot and Electric Soft Parade.
It's the sort of record that you make for the hell of it: free from the pressures of writing the breakthrough single, or producing a successful second album. It's probably not too surprising then, that this sounds effortless and fresh. 'I Can't Stand To Stand Beside You' is a droning blast of American-ised lo fi rock and frankly sounds like the best thing to come out of Brighton since the first time BSP released 'Carrion'. Which is a good enough reason to buy it. The second reason is that poor Tom and Alex White of ESP are probably tired of eating beans, so do them a favour too.
Remember: A psyche-indie band isn't just for 2001: They need to be loved for the rest of the decade as well.
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