A widely overlooked album containing a few good songs and two truly great ones;
"They shoot horse don't they" and the 11-minute wonder of "Climbing a hill".
"They shoot horse" starts with a careful picking of guitar strings and builds up
to a frenzied climax, with layers of distorted guitar. "Climbing a hill" is a
slow-building blues influenced number with a four minute guitar part that goes from
delicate picking to a short, scratching drone, with Tom Cullinan and Nina Pascale
singing in their trademark, off-kilter fashion.
They were both called "A more rhythmically-oriented Yo La Tengo" and "The Stereolab
that rocks" by reviewers, an understandable likening, all their albums considered.
For further explorations, check out the US version of their first album, as it holds a
few really good songs, especially "Rise", a small masterpiece. The "Precious Mountain"
EP is another amazing piece of music; fuzz, grooves and spaced-out spaghetti western.
Cullinan's first band, Th' Faith Healers, released a good album in 1993 with "Imaginary
friend", it held a heavier shoegaze influence, and he has also released a full cover
album of Fleetwood Mac's "Rumours" under the name of Dougal Reed.