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Byline: Andy Hirst

MITCHELL MUSEUM: The Peters Port Memorial Service. It's clear from the name you're in for something different and here it's indie Beach Boys going off into the waves aboard an experimental surfboard - and the result is a dousing of oddball pop. Strangely surreal and certainly disorientating. One of the last places you'd expect to find such a band is Glasgow, but that's where they reside and remain fiercely independent despite being courted by several music labels.

STRINGERBESSANT: Yard. The joint name refers to former Reef members singer Gary Stringer and guitarist Jack Bessant. Gary's voice is imploringly expressive especially alongside Jack's folk-rooted acoustic guitars. And together they prove that's all you really need to get by. Songs to draw you in even though the choruses often lack the killer punch. The song is first, foremost and essentially simple.

FORLORN: The Rotting. With titles like World's End, Doomed, Victims Of Revenge and This Wicked Sin, the screamcore merchants from the West Midlands drive their stake through the heart of anything remotely softer. Prepare to be brutalised.

Andy Hirst
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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Aug 2, 2010
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