Joanna Gruesome - Weird Sister

Cliche or genre staple? As hard as it might be for a death metal outfit to get much traction without some gory-sounding track titles, so it is with Weird Sister, the debut from Cardiff indie popsters Joanna Gruesome. 'Candy'? 'Sugarcrush'? 'Lemonade Grrrl'? Kids in anoraks have been sketching out songs like these in old college jotters since the mid 1980s, so they may not initially whet the appetite of anyone looking for a new spin on the format.

But behind the fey titles lies a five piece with considerable wellie: there's a heavy pre-Loveless My Bloody Valentine vibe, and they eschew the twee-er aspects of indie pop for something spunkier - although never enough to scare off anyone raised on Pains of Being Pure At Heart. 'Secret Surprise' might have hints of Riot Grrrl about it, but if a weekend at the Indietracks Festival is your idea of heaven, Weird Sister is as good a genre entry as you'll hear all year. Just watch they don't try and nick your sherbert.



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