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Ace Bushy Striptease

Outside It's Cold Just Like The Inside Of Your Body And

Year Released: 2012
Format: LP
Label: Discount Horse - Odd Box
Reviewed by MH on Dec 3, 2012
I have actually been to an Ace Bushy Striptease gig. However, for various reasons. I have not seen them play. It was a few weeks ago at the Betsey Trotwood in Farringdon. I mainly went to see Ten Speed Bicycle who were great. However, partly because I was so hungover, partly because I hadn't heard them before and partly because my friend blew it out last minute and I was there on my own I didn't quite stay long enough to watch Ace Bushy Striptease. I tried to look them up on Bandcamp a few days before the gig and as they seemed to have released about 8457 songs so far I didn't know where to start so I panicked and went back to listening to the same old crap I have been listening to since I was a teenager. For this reason I'd hate to think that I missed out and really want this album to be rubbish.

However...it is not rubbish..far from it in fact.

Hailing from Birmingham, they play a mixture of indie pop and pop punk with bags of enthusiasm - there are 13 short songs on show here with boy/girl vocals veering from singing to shouting and replete with keyboards, handclaps and nice guitar work. The first song is some handclaps with football chant-style ranting with a gang backing vocal - it's like Skinned Teen gone football but shouting about a girl who is “good at all things aquatic”. This then leads into the nicely named "Long-Term Relationship in Durham (Durham Durham Durham Durham JC (Sex-Positive Male-Bodied Feminists))". A huge highlight early on this album is recent single, "More Parts Per Milijas". It has lyrics with metaphors about football like "If you gave me a chance I'd score a 30-yard screamer" and "I know that sometimes I play like Palace away" – so great. I've only picked out a few lyrics from that track but there are a number of great lines in it. Dirk Kuijt gets a bit of a hard time in this one too although they have actually publicly apologised to him. Incidentally, I am presuming we have Wolves fans here based on the name of the song. "Where're We Gonna Go Unloved", is a bit heavier and more in-yer-face. I can also hear an influence of Pavement to some of the songs like "Little Eyeful" which has that relaxed, lackadaisical feel. The best song on here for me is the slower and more melodic "Not If It's To A Love Song" which reminds me of Comet Gain. The album closes with a load of chaotic shouting and drumming - nice. They mainly remind me of Los Campesinos! with the interchanging vocals and quirky lyrics but they give it more of a ramshackle, DIY sound.

This is really cool. In fact, it’s really uncool but I like it a whole lot. It's a fun and feelgood-sounding album - I like the contrast between the boy and girl vocals, there are some cracking tunes on here and lyrically it's very witty and clever. Anyone getting obscure football references into the lyrics is always going to impress me. So...do I regret having not stuck around long enough to see them play the other week? Yes, I am afraid so. Will hopefully get a chance to see them again.

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