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The Vines : Factory
This is dumb, short and fun - and twentysomething kicks are so hard to beat...
And yes, this is garage, though of the very oldest school. Like the American 60s guitar groups who reworked the tunes of the 'British Invasion' bands in their own brilliantly incompetent and inspired way, The Vines are doing a similar thing. On the three tracks here ('Factory', 'Drown The Baptists' and, best of all 'Ain't No Room') The Vines are breathing new life into classic stuff and are on the way to making classics themselves. And it sounds like it was recorded by someone who has a day job in a garage, too.
But no matter. This is dumb, short and fun - and twentysomething kicks are so hard to beat.
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