Review: Jack Foley
NEVER Lose That Feeling #1 is the first volume of three
16-track compilation CDs of contemporary artists covering noisy
indie classics from the late 80s and early 90s.
Classic work from the likes of Spiritualized, Ride and Swervedriver
are covered by some of the emerging bands of the moment, such
as Andrew Kenny, Hinterland and Amusement Parks on Fire.
The compilation is the work of Club AC30 which spins some similarly
choice cuts every Wednesday night from 7pm to 12am at Leonards
And, for the most part, it's an exceptionally good record, offering
some genuinely worthwhile re-interpretations of past indie classics.
Volume 1 kicks off with Andrew Kenny's brooding version of Spiritualized's
Angel Sigh, turning an already epic track into something
even more hypnotic and stoned.
It's starkly poignant and hints at a dark beauty that makes further
discovery of Kenny's own work worth considering.
Further highlights include Trouble Everyday's rousing intepretation
of Slowdive's When The Sun Hits, with its echoed vocals
and screeching guitar outbursts.
The brilliantly named Amusement Parks on Fire give a suitably
energetic workout to My Bloody Valentine's You Made Me Realise,
while Airiel come over all Doves on Swervedriver's Blowin'
Cool with its epic soundscapes and expansive chorus.
Televise successfully recapture the early 90s indie sound with
their version of Ultra Vivid Scene's shoe-gazer, Mercy Seat
(hinting at the style of the Jesus & Mary Chain into the bargain),
while the lush melodies of Slowdive's Alison provide
the inspiration for some truly summery guitar riffs from Douglas
Lush's For Love cover feels like an amalgamation of
The Sundays and Ladytron in Hinterland's capable hands, while
South Ambulance provide an enchantingly poppy version of the Pale
Saints' Kinky Love.
Never Lose That Feeling is brought to a close with a
supremely atmospheric version of Catherine Wheel's Black Metallic
by Plumbline thereby ensuring that the feel-good vibe of the early
90s indie scene remains intact and updated for a new generation
Indie fans should rejoice in this clever little nostalgia trip,
while also heading on down to the club night as well.