The Victorian English Gentlemens Club - S/T

'My Son Spells Backwards' is as cute as it's going to get here, Adam Taylor's yelping matched perfectly by the deliberately harsh backing.

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Released 29 Aug 2006 | Fantastic Plastic | By Emma Swann | Rating: 3-5
The Victorian English Gentlemens Club - S/T

The Victorian English Gentlemens Club inhabit a very dark world indeed, and we don't necessarily mean Wales. This self-titled debut album is a quirky affair, all angular rhythms, yelping vocals and boy/girl disharmonies.

Single tracks prove the most instant highlights - 'Ban The Gin' proving yodelling isn't just the mainstay of BBC1 on a Saturday night, 'Tales Of Hermit Mark' a dark delight, and 'Amateur Man' hiding a wonderfully danceable chorus pretty well.

Meanwhile the disjointed pop gem 'My Son Spells Backwards' is as cute as it's going to get here, Adam Taylor's yelping matched perfectly by the deliberately harsh backing of bassist Louise Mason and drummer Emma Daman.

Dischordant and awkward is the order of the day - if the phrase 'boy/girl trio' made you think The Research, you're going to need to make them live in Gotham City for a few years before the outcome sounds anything like this.