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Drinking Electricity – “Overload + Singles” – [Medical Records]

Thurston Hunger   10/6/2012   12-inch, A Library

Punk lawyers in love? Under an electropop sky back in 1980’s London.
This gatefold release combines the full length, “Overload” with a
handful of singles (some of which KFJC’s museum of sound happens to
have the originals of). It being 1982 I imagine a futon may have be
involved and eventually the two fell in love, giving birth to that one
full length and a label that ate the band. That label, Survival Records,
does justice to its name hanging on 30+ years by the by… But back to
the past, the charm here is guitarist David Rome’s mucking about with
his Moog and other synths. Simple, straight-forward and slightly off
(the woosh wipes on “Breakout”, the pong bloops and other synth floops
that spill out on the dance floor in “Good Times”, more cheeky than Chic
but the title is no accident.) Anne-Marie Heighway’s singing is kinda
the girl next door (maybe two doors over), not the hyperdramatic style
you might find with synth pop of the era, nor strident and shrieky
drill-trilling for angular new wave. Their “hit” a cover of “Shaking
All Over” seems kinda like a lark, sort of if friends were working out
a number for fun. They shake out a Flamin’ Groovies cover as well. Really,
I think that is what the duo united over, a love of modern *popular*
styles, this collection even winds up with side D delivering dance mixes,
not necessarily my cup of discotheque tea, but go clubbing by yourself.
Their homegrown quirkiness won me over as much as the confluence of
sounds. “Random Particles” ionize the eclecticity of this Electricity.
-Thurston Hunger

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