Smudge


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Tea Toast & Turmoil , 5/10
Manilow , 5/10
You Me Carpark Now , 5/10
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The Australian band Smudge can boast more than just the friendship of Evan Dando (Lemonheads). The single I Don't Want To Be Grant McLennan and the two EPs Love Lust & Lemonjuice (Half A Cow, 1992) revelead in Tom Morgan a superb craftman of punk-pop. At least Divan and Pulp will become warhorses of the band's live shows. Single and EPs were later collected on Tea Toast & Turmoil (half A Cow, 1993).

Manilow (Half A Cow, 1993) boasts 21 short tracks of tight punk-pop that relies on catchy melodies and funny lyrics (Impractical Joke). The followed a minialbum, Hot Smoke And Sassafras (Half A Cow, 1995), notably the hooks of Coal Surge and The Wrong Pony, but the band truly shines in the single format: Superhero (Half A Cow, 1993) and The Outdoor Type (Domino, 1994) are two of their melodic/lyrical masterpieces.

Surprisingly, You Me Carpark Now (Half A Cow, 1996) displays a band that is moving towards a rawer sound, and even some noise instrumentals, while the EP Slight Return (Half A Cow, 1996) maintains the balance with another bunch of well-crafted tunes.

(Translation by/ Tradotto da Matteo Gentile)

La band australiana Smudge può vantare uno stretto legame con Evan Dando (Lemonheads). Il singolo I Don't Want To Be Grant McLennan e i due EP Love Lust e Lemonjuice (Half A Cow, 1992) rivelano Tom Morgan come un superbo artigiano del punk pop. Almeno Divan e Pulp diventeranno i cavalli di battaglia dei live della band. Singoli ed EP sono stati successivamente raccolti in Tea Toast & Turmoil (Half A Cow, 1993). Manilow (Half A Cow, 1993) vanta 21 brevi brani di punk pop rigoroso che si basa su melodie orecchiabili e testi divertenti ( Impractical Joke ). Seguirono un minialbum, Hot Smoke And Sassafras (Half A Cow, 1995), in particolare i ritorneli di Coal Surge e The Wrong Pony , ma la band brilla davvero nel format dei singoli: Superhero (Half A Cow, 1993) e The Outdoor Type (Domino, 1994) sono due dei loro capolavori lirico-melodici. Sorprendentemente, You Me Carpark Now (Half A Cow, 1996) mostra una band che si sta muovendo verso un suono più crudo, finanche al noise, mentre l'EP Slight Return (Half A Cow, 1996) mantiene l'equilibrio con un nuovo ritorno a melodie artigianali.

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