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Glasgow trio Bis get better with age

Can it be almost 20 years since unsigned Glasgow trio Bis gatecrashed Top Of The Pops with the shock and awe of twee standard-bearer ‘Kandy Pop’? Thanks to that song, Manda Rin, Sci-Fi Steven and John Disco will always be synonymous with youthful exuberance, and in the intervening years they’ve lost none of their vim. ‘Cubis (I Love You)’ is rampant death disco, ‘Rulers And The States’ is like a full-throttle machine-phase Gary Numan, ‘Sense Not Sense’ is like Duran Duran on poppers partying harder than Duran Duran. In defiance of a criminal lack of universal adulation, they just get better, harder, faster, stronger, and you boggle at just how formidable they might be in their dotage.

Jeremy Allen

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