• pumps Afraid of the Laughs (7", £2.95)

    label: New Slang Records

    PUMPS have hooked up with Kingston based imprint New Slang Records (home to Tellison, Winterkids) to release live favourite (a touching tale of self doubt, sexual irresponsibility and bad dancing) AFRAID OF THE LAUGHS as a limited 7" single. With the B-side set to be the lesser know, punky complaint romp Leonard Bernstein. PUMPS' brilliance lies in their unique band dynamic and nonchalant delivery of acoustic-guitared, anthemic pop songs that people can relate to and say "yes, this is the soundtrack to my life." Too difficult to find comparison bands, PUMPS opt out from the trends and fads of today, but fans of Vincent Vincent, Winterkids and Good Shoes, who've seen Pumps open up for them, have all lapped up this gloriously unique band.

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