The newest outing here from Manchester stalwarts Crocodile Records with the brilliant new 7" from 'Duncan Reid And The Big Heads'. On the A-side we get the trebly pop-punk power and octaved vocal harmonies of 'Kelly's Gone Insane', equal parts single-note surf guitar and fuzzy muted power chords, all topped with crackling Wurlitzer organ squeals. Flip over and (depending on wether you keep it at 45rpm like I did or switch things down to the decidedly less chipmunky but technically correct 33 1/3) you get the equally catchy 'Pretty Little Rachel', all throbbing muted guitar and that unmistakeable but brilliantly implimented power-punk chord sequence, growing from a compact punky snarl into a full-force anthemic Buzzcocks groove.
Last up, and 'Baby Baby' veers much more towards the rock-n-roll doo-wop side of things, with bluesy guitar pulses and flickering guitar trills, accentuated with 'aah's' and 'ooh's' abound. A fittingly catchy end to a brilliantly engineered trio of pieces, and a great outing for Duncan Reid and The Big Heads.
KELLY'S GONE INSANE
PRETTY LITTLE RACHEL