• john-pauls Forget to Remember to Forget (CD, £9.50)

    label: Aagoo

    The John-Pauls are a four piece band from Austin, Texas, playing post-punk with a new verve. Vocals are shared by Phillip John-Paul, a flat but charismatic singer, and Mikila John-Paul, whose voice is vulnerable and fascinating. The John-Pauls’ music matches a jagged and hypnotic sonic sensibility to witty, emotional, and often hilarious lyrics about life as a middle aged misfit. They continue the tradition of indie-rock that raised them: Violent Femmes, The Fall, REM, Wu-Tang Clan, The Velvet Underground, The Smiths, The Feelies, et al. Their 10-song debut album recorded by wunderkind Matt Gerhard, engineer at Jim Eno’s Public Hi-Fi Studio and a veteran of many Spoon recordings. Gerhard recorded the band live in a South Austin home above a creek, one week during a wet Texas autumn. TRACK LISTING 1. Free Chains 2. Françoise Sagan 3. The House-Husband Stomp 4. Now Won 5. Oh Shit! 6. Backwards Disaster 7. Chuck Yeager 8. Let’s Burn Down Westlake 9. Sweeden 10. I am a Songbird


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