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Clean Current / Repeats

    Naarm/Melbourne 4-piece screensaver is back with a double A-side 7-inch single just 6-months after delivering their 10-track debut album Expressions of Interest on Upset the Rhythm (UK) and Heavy Machinery (AU) to positive international response.

    The band return with two distinctly different tracks that extend upon the blend of post-punk, new wave and synth-punk on their debut.

    Side A, Clean Current is a burst of high-energy: nervy guitars and groovy bass underpinned with krautrock drums and cosmic synth noise, overlayed with delay heavy vocals. Repeats is the flipside of the coin, a moody post-punk stomper, led by gritty sawtooth synth, chorus-soaked guitar, textural percussion and soaring vocals. Lyrically Clean Current spits out retorts aimed at the engulfing nature of anxiety whilst Repeats critiques the repetition of modern life, languishing human existence.


    01. Clean Current
    02. Repeats

    The Clean

    Tally Ho! / Platypus (Reissue)

      On November 12, Merge will reissue two crucial releases from The Clean's distinguished discography. The "Tally Ho!" b/w "Platypus" 7-inch and the Boodle Boodle Boodle 12-inch EP, the Dunedin trio's first official recordings as a band, both celebrate their 40th anniversary this year. These reissues have been remastered by Tex Houston with assistance from the Alexander Turnbull Library New Zealand, and The Clean's David Kilgour and Robert Scott oversaw the careful re-creation of the original packaging. Merge is thrilled to make these records globally available for the first time since their original release in 1981. Pitchfork described "Tally Ho!" as "a classic of immense proportions, from its Velcro melody, absurdly mixed garage organ and motorik beat, to the crusty, hiss-laden home eight-track recording that embodies it." Recorded in the middle of a New Zealand tour for a humble NZ$60, the song broke into the country's Top 20 singles chart at #19, surprising everyone including the band. Its B-side "Platypus" was recorded live at a show just days prior, capturing the band's buoyant and elastic sound on stage. The 7” reissue will be available on limited-edition silver Peak Vinyl and standard black vinyl, as well as limited clear vinyl exclusively in New Zealand.

      Clean George IV

      God Save The Clean

        Tenement Records is pleased to announce the release of God Save The Clean by Clean George IV on 28th November.

        It is a modern British pop/rock epic, the sound of one mans very singular worldview.

        The last time George released a record (2007's 'First Blast of the Trumpet against the Monstrous Regiment of Women' included here in a new version) it received extensive play on radio's 1,2 and 6 making several end of year lists and scoring them live sessions with Huw Stevens and Vic Galloway on their radio 1 shows.

        Soon afterwards the band went on hiatus for various reasons, mainlyastrological and geographical. George moved back to Edinburgh and joined a myriad of side projects, attempted to undertake a classical music degree, got sued by Kraftwerk and co-wrote and produced a few albums with various friends in various places. He eventually decided to tackle finishing this album with the help of band member and record producer Tom Morris and his brother Tom McFall, also a producer and engineer.

        It is an album with more than it's fair share of bombast and ambition. From the swaggering anti cocaine anthem 'Real Men Take Speed' through the power pomp of 'Winter Son' and the post-landfill gloom of 'Fat=dead' this is a record made up of conflicting elements from many disparate genres, all underpinned by George's cosmic deadpan. Other highlights include 'London Scotland', first single 'Pets in the Blitz' and album closer 'Ex-Life'.

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