I was looking at a map of our splendid country & was quite surprised at the actual size of Wrexham; it’s a pretty big place. So it comes as no surprise that there’s bound to be a decent core of good bands in the town. Flinch are definitely of that calibre, describing themselves as guitar-indie-rock-with-grunge-overtones, All Day Breakfast (all meal close to my heart & stomach) falls short of the grunge adjective. This could be due to the highly polished recordings (produced by Mr Sheen no doubt) that leave you with strong, slick (I like that word) songs à lá Prestatyn’s sadly demised She Said, but with a bit more bollocks to them. Bliss is a particular favourite even with bass runs that Luke stole from the book of ‘Jazz Funk Neo-Fascist Anarchist Bass Playing.’ Great songs with awful lyrics, look forward to hearing the 4 track CD with the added bonus of video ROM.
It’s not often something reaches out & not only grabs your love spuds but also kneads your buttocks in the process. Always the advocate of all things North Wales, I have written time & again that the area is at saturation point when it comes to musical talent, many of these bands would be very successful given the right backing. Prestatyn’s Lunatic Magnet(s) are no exception & they are also exceptional. For a 1st release they stuck to their guns & steered clear of a radio friendly, people friendly, I wonder if mum’n’dad’ll like this friendly recording that most young bands opt for. These guys have thought ‘bollocks to that’ & give us 4 tracks that sound like the aborted faeces of Trent Reznor after he’d been buggered dry by the 70 Gwen Party, the title track takes the mantel here though Wrong Side of Maybe, Chemical Beats The Weapon (& its remix) do a good job at holding it there. There are no rules followed on these songs & I suggest LM keep live performances to a minimum to maintain a mystique – do gigs in record shop, head shops or sex shops, keep it off the beaten track – play behind a black curtain or a smoke screen – do a gig of just one 15 min song & leave straight after. The Lunatic Magnets, like Bangor’s Skinflick are the moles that come out at night & dig up the gardens of the local underground scene. Can’t wait to hear more as this is Terminally Cool.