Glasgow three piece Baby Strange got their name from a track title on T-Rex’s 1972 record ‘The Slider’. After spending a short while with their recorded material so far, it’s obvious that a name is all they’ve taken from Bolan and his band of merry men.
Instead, these angry Glaswegian have chosen to delve deep in to a darker side of rock from a decade later, mining a wealth of influence from fellow Scottish noise makers The Jesus And Mary Chain.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z7yJl68EWzU&w=640&h=360
Clocking in at just over two minutes long, ‘Friend’, the latest single from the Glaswegian trio, is bitterly short, but a frantically, sweet and raucous burst of punk-y brilliance, with a dark, nihilistic twist. Breakneck guitars drive and drums rattle urgently along, as frontman Johnny Madden mourns/celebrates the loss of a “friend” in a chorus with one hell of a hook.
The resulting effect comes across like a much more tolerable version of The Vaccines, is entirely engaging and immediately memorable. Mint.
Words by George Shaw
Tipped by Jim Gellatly
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