Red Vinyl Fur

Red Vinyl Fur

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Red Vinyl Fur is a four-piece British group with a sound somewhere between early til tuesday and American garage rock. Lead and rhythm guitars are by Kara Leckenby, the daughter of the late Derek Leckenby, guitarist of Herman's Hermits. Gil Cooke is the drummer on this debut but left the band shortly after the release of this disc, which comes packaged in an inventive, you guessed it, fuzzy red fur sleeve. Recorded toward the end of 2000, Alison Donohue plays bass and sings the lead vocal on the first and third tracks, "Northern Rain" and the eerie "Shattering." "Northern Rain" has a jangly drone, not unlike the group Galaxie 500, and fools you when the sleepy minimal sound explodes into the strong chorus. Mandy Torkington plays rhythm guitar and sings the lead vocal on "Zero Point," which takes about 22 seconds to tease you into thinking it's a ballad. Then it hits you with an underground sound that the Go Go's desperately needed. Clever guitar riffs hold Torkington's cool detached vocal in their grasp. It drives and clocks in at 2:57 when the other three songs are each in the six-minute range. The CD was recorded at Courtyard Studios in Stockport, Cheshire, engineered and produced by Tim Woodward, and the group has already obtained some sponsorship help from American speaker company Polysonics. This is creative, moody, listenable stuff. Their web page is www.redvinylfur.com.