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Bobsleigh Baby


(12tx CD/LP, 41'40'' - Jeetkune 2011)

 | pall youhideme
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Think of early Sonic Youth, add Velvet Underground, The Cramps, B52's, - now forget everything and say with me 'garage music'. Now forget garage music, and say 'punk'. Not that punk. Still punk, anyway. Like The Hunches, but, without the unlikely event that the neighborhood would knock on the door.
The debut record of Bobsleigh Baby is undoubtful tasty: minimal drum kit, with fast tempo when needed, tambourine, satured electric riff of no-wave guitars (In a Field of Poplars), boy/girl vocals, organ, post-punk bass lines (by the always more and more omnipresent talent of Cheb Samir), enough reverb to compile the perfect rancid soundtrack for a 24 hour bored party people, from the ye-ye-ye of Single Toy, My Girl, Get Yours, to the sabbath of You Play Me and the psychedelic hypnosis of Billy the Kid 'till the touching lullaby of Do You Remember That? with the rule of no-more-than-3-minutes-a-piece.
Rome based quartet, born as two-piece, their s/t record is an excellent surprise not to be missed. Maybe there's not "the" single, yet, I'm going to play this record over and over again. And that's saying a lot.

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Pensate ai primi Sonic Youth, aggiungete Velvet Underground, The Cramps, B52's, - e ora dimenticate tutto e dite con me 'garage music'. Ora dimenticate la garage music, e dite 'punk'. Non quel genere di punk. Però punk. Come gli Hunches, ma senza la spiacevole eventualità che Vi venga a bussare alla porta il vicinato.
Il disco di debutto dei Bobsleigh Baby è indubbiamente gustoso: drum kit minimale, con tempi veloci quando serve, tambourine, riff saturi di chitarra elettrica dal tono no-wave (In a Field of Poplars), voci boy/girl, linee di basso post-punk (tirate dal sempre più onnipresente talento di Cheb Samir), e abbastanza riverbero per compilare la perfetta soundtrack rancida da festa di annoiati 24h, dallo ye-ye-ye di Single Toy, My Girl, Get Yours, al sabbath di You Play Me e la psichedelica ipnosi di Billy The Kid, sino la toccante cantilena di Do You Remember That?, sempre nella regola di non superare mai i 3 minuti a pezzo.
Quartetto di base a Roma, nato come duo, il loro disco s/t è un'eccellente sorpresa da non perdere. Forse non c'è "il singolo", ma p uno di quei dischi che mi ritroverò ad ascoltare spesso nel futuro. Che non è poco.

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