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Let’s Wrestle : Let’s Wrestle

Let’s Wrestle are a very different band now to the noisy rabble that came tumbling out of North London six years ago, and we’re not just talking about line-up changes or re-distribution of song-writing duties. The trio’s self-titled third album, out February 10 via Fortuna POP!, is what one might reasonably call their “coming of age” record: taking its lyrical cues from front-man (and now sole tunesmith/ arranger) Wesley Patrick Gonzalez’ recent transition from teenager to young adult, and its musical ones from a variety of classic ’60s and ’70s rock and pop influences, Let’s Wrestle presents a more mature version of the group than we have come to expect, albeit one whose past punk rock exploits – recording with Steve Albini, songs with titles like “Bad Mammaries” and “Dick In My Zipper” – are not easily forgotten. Whereas 2011’s Nursing Home (recorded with the legendary Steve Albini) made obvious the band’s affection for American alt-rock, Let’s Wrestle is a decidedly British album, and despite echoes of Laurel Canyon troubadours such as Crosby Stills Nash & Young in a handful of mid-tempo country-tinged numbers, Gonzalez’ biggest influences are clearly home-grown: shot through with self-deprecating wit and folksy melancholy, tracks like “Always A Friend” and “David You Know” recall the Kinks’ acidic beat pop and Syd Barrett’s woozy psychedelia, whilst “Rain Ruins Revolution” pairs a none-more-English scenario of bad weather sending insurrectionists running for cover to a giddy Squeeze-indebted melody. Listen to that track and another, “Codeine And Marshmallows”, below.

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About foamhands

My name is Michael Dix; I'm a decade or so past being down with the kids, but to me new music never gets old. Apparently I like music that sounds like faulty kitchen appliances and ritual slaughter; really I just like what I like, whether that happens to be indie, pop, punk, hip hop, metal, electronica, Afrobeat or jazz. Follow me on Twitter @FoamHandsBlog to receive notifications of new posts and the occasional random brain-fart, and please share links wherever you can. Enjoy!

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