10 For 2011 – #6. The Neat

27 Jan

Post Punk has been absent from the British Rock Scene for a couple of years now. These New Puritans garnered a lot of praise last year for the complicated, ambitious, and frankly overrated album ‘Hidden’ whilst Wild Beasts, Foals and The XX could all cite Post Punk as a big influence. However the more energetic strain of the genre looked like it had disappeared down its own black hole; but The Neat could be the band to rescue it.

So it’s time to dust off all those terms you put away in 2007 – spiky, angular, ‘the new Wire’, ‘the new Fall,’ ‘the new Gang of Four’ etc – yep, The Neat are all those things. Maybe. If you don’t believe me just listen to ‘Fruits’ or ‘In Youth is Pleasure’. Just don’t listen to their new single ‘Hips’, cos it’s rubbish. Anyway, I’m looking forward to hearing more from them, they look like a great live band.



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