• figgs Follow Jean Through the Sea (LP, £13.25)

    label: Gern Blandsten

    As they commemorate nearly two decades together with their 10th album, following up a record that broadened their boundaries as a power-pop band (2004's Palais), THE FIGGS get back to the fundamentals: guitar, bass, drums - and more guitar. Punching out 10 songs of power-chord pleasure, the three-piece from New York State plunders '70s proto-punks like the Buzzcocks and the Only Ones, authenticating their veteran status while holding on to a youthful enthusiasm.

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