The Creeping Nobodies

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Although this Toronto sextet formed while putting together a tribute night for the Fall, they're no clones. The oddly-named outfit have the same sort of simple-chorded punishment and talk-sung melodies found in Mark E. Smith's best anti-pop songs, but their guitars are more understated and the vocals less harshly-accented. (And no "tah" at the end of every line!) One senses elements of their other claimed favorites, too, especially Wire on the enigmatic last few minutes of the unsettling title track, and the Pixies' overall grasp of erratic fun. And aren't those the basic intro chords to Buzzcocks' "Ever Fall In Love (With Someone You Shouldn't)" on "State"? Not so much creeping as lurching and spinning, these Canuck nobodies make a good racket.

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