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Blanche Hudson Weekend - The Rats in the Cellar EP

  by Anthony Strutt

published: 7 / 6 / 2010

Blanche Hudson Weekend - The Rats in the Cellar EP
Label: Oddbox Records
Format: 7"


Blissful Velvet Underground and Jesus and Mary Chain-influenced second EP from London-influenced duo, the Blanche Hudson Weekend

'The Rats in the Cellar' EP is the second release from former Manhattan Love Suicide members Caroline and Darren and appears on 7 inch blood red vinyl. Their debut 'Letters to Daddy' EP sold out in three months on Squirrel Records. Grip of fear opens 'The Rats in the Cellar' EP and jangles away in a 1980's way that is instantly heartwarming. It is something like a female-fronted Jesus and Mary Chain during their 'Darklands' period. 'Sharks' is part Mazzy Star, part Velvet Underground and part Jesus and Mary Chain. Melt together and what you get is musical perfection. 'Only snow' is the best song that the Velvet Underground never recorded and sung by Nico, Crisp guitar cuts through the air, Caroline's vocal joins in in perfect harmony, the bass adds depth and by the time a Cale-like violin joins in you are, as with the rest of this EP, in total bliss.

Track Listing:-
1 Grip Of Fear
2 Sharks
3 Only Snow

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Blanche Hudson Weekend - Interview
At a rare London gig supporting the Primitives, Anthony Strutt speaks to Caroline and Darren from Leeds-based pop punk band the Blanche Hudson Weekend about their group's three EPs to date and forthcoming plans

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