In the annual stramash of Record Store Day
some great records get elbowed out of the way in favour of the skiploads of deluxe reissues and major label product; record shops just can't stock everything from the exclusives list, I guess. I suspect that this year "Circular"
by The Mor Paranoids
may have been one of them which is a damned shame as it's a fabulous collection of Alternative TV
informed rattlers that exist in the glorious intersection of Black Time
's blasting garage and The Yummy Fur
's cheeky but intelligent post-punk (actually, that description sounds a lot like The Action Time
- must revisit their records this weekend!). If I still compiled tapes for chums, the thumping "Security Guard"
would have been on every one made since mid-April, 2014. It starts innocently enough but pretty soon proceedings get raucous then wonky before ascending into chaos:
It's a suitably thrilling way to close the record and I'm willing to bet serious money that Guided Missile
wish they'd put it out on 7". That said, The Mor Paranoids' cover of the aforementioned Swell Maps' "International Rescue"
is also a real contender:
was released in an edition of 100 copies on the best format yet devised by mankind: 10" vinyl. According to the Where It's Is Where You Are
(they've had a great year, haven't they?) bandcamp page
there are only 15 copies left - nudge, nudge. There's no way on earth that "Circular"
won't make my 2014 Top 10.
(Big thanks to Paul E for buying "Circular" on my behalf after none of the local record shops stocked it.)