Clinic : Winchester Cathedral

Winchester Cathedral is open from 8.30am to 6pm, 5.30pm on Sundays

To call ‘Winchester Cathedral’ a record of tension would be an understatement to rank alongside, “Goodness, those [a]Scissor Sisters[/a] are a bit flamboyant.”

Lead singer Ade Blackburn navigates its 12 tracks as if permanently on the edge of an eruption of unspecific rage, through music as taut, spare and ominous as [a]Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds[/a] at their most malevolent. As on previous outings, [a]Clinic[/a] are at their best when they bubble over and let the noise-pop dogs out. ‘Circle Of Fifths’ is a vast, barrelling sonic cousin of [a]Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds[/a]’s ‘When I First Came To Town’and ‘WDYYB’ sounds like the breakneck soundtrack to Pete Doherty’s withdrawal nightmares. The heart-aching, tear-scorched likes of ‘Anne’, which is so raw it’s almost painful to listen to, and the sozzled fairground-ride-through Hell that is ‘Vertical Take Off In Egypt’ provide a sort of relief – in the sense that having your teeth pulled out of your head might provide relief from a massive cardiac arrest. Not a comfortable listen, then but – hey! – if you want comfort, go knit a cardigan.

Pete Cashmore