AC Acoustics - Victory Parts

If we're to believe Scottish indie rock is undergoing one of its occasional renaissances, it's only because the scene has been sustained by the work done by other, less feted acts - of which, AC Acoustics are most certainly one. Taking their cues from the late 80s noise rock scene, support from John Peel and the weekly music press meant by the time this second album emerged in 1997, hopes were high for crossover success, but it never quite materialised.

Listening to Victory Parts now, it's obvious just how much it prefigures a sound taken overground by Biffy Clyro and Frightened Rabbit. Vocalist and main songwriter Paul Campion was never unafraid of using his accent to deliver his vivid, and sometimes cryptic, lyrics ("I am the man who sucks gasoline" - 'I Messiah Am Jailer') over the always cleverly arranged indie rock. 'Stunt Girl' proved they could rock out Swervedriver-style, but the likes of 'Continuity Freak' and the swirling 'High Divers' were more typical in their marrying of shoegaze textures to grunge dynamics, albeit with an ear to always keep things melodic. This reissue comes with a bonus disc of live recordings and throws in the Hand Passes Plenty EP, including the stoned wonders of the title track - which perhaps remains their defining moment.

Overall

7

out of 10

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