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  Litterbug - Speaking Through the Gaps
By Drowned In Sound - Webzine submitted

Blackpool four-piece Litterbug sound like every stereotypical disciple of independent music and it´s original blueprint´s dream. Their strictly no compromise, no sell-out aesthetic is a rarity amongst today´s music as a commodity stockbroker mentality, and yet sadly, it also contributes to one of the most negative aspects of this record. On the press blurb with ´Speaking Through The Gaps´, the band admit to carrying out "minimal work" in the recording studio in order to "guarantee that the basic feel of the songs didn´t get misplaced in a cloud of digital superiority". Which basically translated into English means this record sounds like it was recorded in their grandmother´s outside toilet. Where it quite possibly may have been...? But production quality aside - prick your ears up in a diligent fashion (and you´ll need to if you don´t want to miss half of what´s going on here) and you´ll find yourself listening to the foundations of an exciting, and in places original quartet here. Frontman Stuart Diggle sounds like a lard drenched soulmate of Mark E. Smith during the vitriolic ´A Simple Contradiction´ while ´Smile Is Fake´ and ´Subhuman Scum´ overflow with enough bile and spite too fill an empty cask at Worthingtons´ brewery. Add to this the incisive harmonies of rhythm section Andy Higgins and Karima Francis and you´ve got the hallmarks of a latterday Superchunk fermenting by the sea. So, apart from being a little rough around the edges, ´Speaking Through The Gaps´ oozes more potential than the new series of ´The Apprentice´, and more to the point, reaffirms the dying belief that there really is more to north west seaside resorts than stag parties and chip shops. - by Dom Gourlay

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