Thursday, 10 March 2011

Listen Up! No. 95: Art Brut - Unprofessional Wrestling

Art Brut records have an uncanny knack of seeming as instantly disposable as an Eddie Argos bon mot, while invariably leaving you feeling as warm and fuzzy as the red wine, cheap cigarettes and pitiful romanticism around which their world is framed. You miss them, dearly, like an old friend from school you never realised you had so much in common with.

Luckily, fans haven't had to wait too long - it's been less than two years since last record Art Brut Vs. Satan was released - and the early signs are that they've lost none of their doleful charm. This week they preface their fourth long-player, the aptly-titled Brilliant...Tragic (released 23 May on Cooking Vinyl) with free download 'Unprofessional Wrestling', another slice of buzz-saw guitars and bustling garage-rock. While Argos' self-deprecating lyrical radar may be familiar - here likening the act of physical romance to a round in the ring with an unforgiving opponent - his attempt at singing may not.

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