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:: Gabrielle's Wish ::
25 February 2003 / Promo / 11 Trk CD
By JA

You can say a lot about Gab’s Wish. They’ve been around a bit, been around the block, been on the late great Rob Grettons label and become surviving pioneers of Manchester’s early 90’s post Madchester indie scene. That they survived the fall out from 1995–2000 intact is a miracle, as only they can tell you what a forlorn and bastardised wasteland the local music scene was during this period.

To then come up with such an influential and complete album as “Portal” will be no surprise to their legions of dedicated followers. Ironic that after so long, that this collection of songs, should and must be considered as cutting edge. “Scream” emits a demonic ambience, whilst “Stag” recalls Killing Joke and Joy Division in equal measures. Such references are dished out by the media (especially in Manchester) like confetti, without any real understanding of what the original sounds and bands were really like.

Gab’s Wish have always understood what urban music should be. A distillation of punk, street rules and political mantra and real life musical recalcitrance. Thank god that they can produce songs like “Vinegar Milk” with its chopping refrain and smokey Curtis like vocals. And, through all the grime and decay you can pick out some carefully crafted melodies. An exceptional album.

“Dateless Wonder” is just so much the genuine thing, it makes you want to thrust it into some snotty NME aspiring kids face like a broken bottle – this is the 4-real barbed wire coalface of music. Full of angst and soaring ambient rock. It’s the kind of thing that can’t be dreamed up in New Yorks fashion district. As a fan of Interpol, even I can’t help thinking that the Americans may have stolen, plundered and desecrated the sound of Manchester’s late ‘70’s- 80’s undeground music scene, but they could never capture its heart and soul. That, for sure, is the property of Gabriel’s Wish.

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