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Album Review: Castrovalva - 'We Are A Unit' (Brew)

Shrill and punishingly bassy

Madness takes many forms, but none so alluring as a trio of feral noise bastards who enjoy nothing more than getting all up in people’s grills. Comprised of drummer Daniel Brader, bassist Antony Wright and frontman Leemun Smith, ‘We Are A Unit’ is a fine display of this Leeds trio’s skills, both positive and negative – the alternately shrill and punishingly bassy ‘That’s What I’m Talking About’ stays the right side of quirky thanks to its soupy groove, while ‘Hooliganz R Us’ is a honking in-joke and ‘Thuglife’ squeals like a wolf trapped in a fence – but you’ll need patience to stay the distance. Do so, however, and you’ll be rewarded with fun, and lots of it.

Rob Parker
7 / 10

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