Various Artists : Essex

Simple in name, and simple in assignment: to showcase 'prodigies' from Essex.

If this was on Fierce Panda, NME suspects it would be called 'Essex As A Weapon', but in this other indie universe this double seven-inch is simple in name, and simple in assignment: to showcase prodigies from Essex. A game of two halves, is played out within its walls. Fairly pleasant Bentley Rhythms are played by Scissorkicks, bad post-rock by Hirameka Hi-Fi, but the best stuff is by the young and very angry SugarComa ('Enmity' is a superior Hole pastiche that makes Kittie look a good deal fluffier),

and best of all is Union Kid's 'Incoming And Covert'. A terrific list song, the band simply indie their way through a list of things about being in a band to which they are indifferent. "Like I care about solos/Like I care about fanmail", they moan, all the way down to "Like I care about journalists". Which, it might be worth noting, doesn't scan. Still, cool.

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John Robinson

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