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Tales from the Lux Lupine

Article written by Ged M - Nov 5, 2006

Wigan: rock city! It’s a bit hard to write that seriously with Wigan’s Northern Soul history but the first release on Lupine Records, a 10” vinyl album, collects some of the recent musical pie-eaters making the case for indie music. Lupine has promoted music in the town since 2003 at the now demolished Lux Club and run the indie night at Wigan’s Club Nirvana.

There are six tracks: Dirty Circus, who are on Columbia, are the most conventional, their fast guitar-led rock’n’roll sounding a little like Black Rebel Motorcycle Club or the Beatings. Mat Turner was in Providence before he left the band and they became Gomez and, with his do-bi-do jazz crooning, he’d fit right back in there. Gerard Starkey used to be in Witness and his singer-songwriterish thing is a bit too Ashcroft, R for my taste. Much better are The VCs, a freakish circus act who offer insane electronica and surf guitars with a touch of Ennio Morricone while The Loungs’ ‘All Your Love’ is splendid psychedelic waltz pop. Best of all is Moco’s amazing effort which nixes the “British Strokes” tag they’ve had previously. ‘Freaks’ is an organ-crazed blast of soulful garage-rock, a little like the Music Machine or the Seeds, and as fine a “children of Nuggets” orphan as anything I’ve heard recently.

It might not justify you relocating from Manchester or Liverpool but here Wigan proves it’s a lot more than Starsailor and George Formby…

Links:
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