A horrible hack


Trials & Tribulations

Year Released: 1999
Format: 7"
Label: Clandestine Surprise
Reviewed by Andy Malcolm on Jun 13, 2007
Blimey, this record was in a dusty state - I think it had been lying around in the shop for ages, and they had rescued it for the sale. So this is probably a couple of years old, I can't tell. Whatever, we haven't reviewed a Grover record before. So here's one.

And it starts off right up my street on "What Else?", a belting piece of melodic punk rock that peddles a long at a furious rate. Urgency, some shouty vocals and even a bit of the sound make me say Avail to you.

And I continue to say Avail to you. "What You Meant To Me" is perhaps a bit more hardcorey. Makes you want to strike the pose of a sweat drenched guitarist pounding the seven shades out of his instrument, yet somehow keeping something of a tune. Maybe a bit long though.

Hey, they have a song called "Fuck You". That's nice. And the songs are getting more fast and more aggressively hardcore, I am thinking by the time that final track "Imaginary Friend" comes a long, they are going to just be a blur. Well, it isn't quite. Still damn fast and noisy, just they got the tune back. I now think the band sounds a bit like a rawer Blew as well.

Sounds like it was recorded in the cupboard under the stairs at times, but if you can find it, this is well worthy of your unearned money.

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