Northern Labour Party
Ready to Burn
Ohm's Law Records
As noted in last week's Cat Party review, when it comes to music Southern California Anglophilia is a strain that has never fully disappeared even long after its 1980's high point. On their second release Northern Labour Party--and both the name and the spelling give it all away without even having to add a "UK" to their name--play that up to the full, with five tracks that balance between moody bass-led rumble and synth flourishes and just-accented-enough vocals that could have been huge on KROQ's playlist during 1983.
Scott Brandos handles said vocals as well as guitar solidly enough; the smoothly anthemic "Just One More Night" is a standout, hitting the same kind of effortlessly empowering surge that can be often heard in an act like VNV Nation.
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