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:: Gabrielle's Wish ::
08 March 2005 / No Label Required / 3 Trk CD :: Small Adjustment

After the release of the bands masterful album “Portal”, it seemed quite sad that Gabrielle’s Wish would then announce their split. After a couple of years of experimenting with electronica and moving their sounds in different and various directions, the album was rated (10/10) by this site as one of few Mancunian classics. With a very slight line up change, the break was thankfully short lived and the band seem harder, fresher and even more direct than before. “Member” is absolutely striking with its dynamic tribal drumming, signature bass and slicing guitars. But the power of the barrack room chorus, the dripping emotive angst and cool, dark clouds of restrained passion are in massive evidence. The song remembers the best days of Magazine, with its angular guitar/bass riffs and sci-fi-effected harmonics. As the whole plot grinds along, it’s a stark reminder that only a few people really know what alternative underground Mancunian rock music, at its heart and deepest reaches of its soul, really sounds like. Some people know what to listen for and some people instinctively know how to play it. “Member” is that sound.

Like a sonic connection to the first days of the local alt.rock scene in the 70’s and the fused rock/punk/poetry of the early 80’s, “Sherman” twists over a pummelling bass line and monotone, scratched up guitars, scrawling singer, Robert Corless’s fuzzy vocals, over the ideal abstract canvas. “Had An Accident” sounds just like the kind of thing that REM could have written if they’d been signed to Factory and were brought up in Clayton. It’s a bleak, beautiful, atmospheric urban ballad, built within concrete landscapes and inner city dreams. A very important band indeed.


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