Love Child Comp from 12xU


12xU does some heavy lifting in the reissue department, helping to round up a much-needed collection of works by Love Child, an early output for celebrated guitarist Alan Licht and Rebecca Odes (of Merge band Odes). Long a favorite around here (I’m always a sucker for Homestead deep cuts) the band was at once poised for indie acclaim, having ridden the wave of noise-crusted ‘90s rock that brought Pavement and Sebadoh to the forefront and made the Northeast a coveted destination. Love Child, though, were far removed from that enclave, bringing a New York clang to the table. A love of The Voidoids comes roaring through, and they hit the Boston bluster as well, doing M/F vocals as well as any Pixies cut and chewing on the acerbic sonics of Modern Lovers. The label rounds up a good cross-section of their works for the uninitiated and collector as well. The band’s albums are pretty damn hard to find in their original forms these days and Never Meant To Be culls some key hits from Okay? and Witchcraft alongside several 7”s and radio sessions from John Peel and KPSC. Essential collection right here!

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