The second release from UK quartet The Tubs only solidifies the band’s hold on the new wave of jangle pop. Featuring former members of the much-beloved Joanna Gruesome, the band comes ready with indie-pop credentials in hand, but they don’t rest on the former’s reputation too hard. Divorcing themselves from the fuzzed euphoria of JG’s heyday, the band dives into murkier waters that were waded by Antipodean forbears like The Go-Betweens, UK outsiders Cleaners From Venus, or the kind of American indie that populated Homestead Records. The EP is practically a quadruple A-side, with every one of these singles winding earworms deep into the listener, from jangled folk burners to a bit of post-punk bristle. The band mark themselves as ones to watch out for as they expand into longer releases. The EP is a co-release between the UK label that the band’s Owen Wilson runs with Mark Dobson of The Field Mice and Trouble in Mind here in the US. If you missed any of the lead up to this one, now’s the time to dive deep into The Tubs with this and their equally entrancing 7” from last year.
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