Bassist Mani searches out their worst-ever critic - a local record shop owner in East Anglia...

Primal Scream stopped off for a head-to-head with one of their fiercest critics during the first leg of their British tour – in a record shop in Diss, East Anglia.

Mani popped in to ‘have a chat’ with Wes Kent of Revolution Records in the town following the band’s show at the University Of East Anglia in nearby Norwich.

The showdown had happened because in reply to an industry questionnaire – sometimes sent out when labels are searching for initial feedback to review copies of material – Wes had awarded ‘Exterminator’ 0 out of 10, adding ‘this record must have taken all of 10 minutes to record’. Somehow Primal Scream heard about the slating and in response had been sending Wes postcards from several of their stop-off points during the recent Australian and Far Eastern tour.

The Eastern Daily Press, one of the region’s newspapers, reports that the band had taken it all in good humour and were actually pleased to have have come across someone who expressed their own opinion.

“It must have been our worst review ever,” said Mani. “So we wanted to come and meet the man himself. Everyone else has been saying how good the album was but Wes told it how he found it.”

But even after the meeting and being taken out for a pint, Wes remained unbowed, explaining that he would not review his grade.

“I always say what I think,” he claimed, “no matter who the band is.”

Primal Scream, currently on a whistle stop tour of Europe, return to Britain to complete the second leg of their dates on April 13 with two hometown shows at Glasgow Barrowlands and round matters off with a huge all nighter at Brixton Academy on April 22 in the company of Death in Vegas.

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