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7 out of 10
Distant Guns follow up their second EP The Peaceful Technophobe with more strange tales and quiet rage. We Set Sail. . . locks into a wiry, bass-driven Fall groove, complete with what sounds like Mark Radcliffe doing a guest spot on megaphone. Fantastic rant sampled at the end, too. Shakerley could strike you as the weakest on offer but don't be deceived - it has an eye on the horizon, despite its Floyd-isms and it's always good to hear someone mentioning places in song that aren't American city clichés.
First Night. . . hits us with a darker Killing Joke / Joy Division punch, before another gentle Waters-style tickle halfway through. Hardest Man . . . is an odd combination of meat and veg; booming drums, ringing guitars and an almost louche vocal. It's always a pleasure to go for a bit of musical orienteering with Distant Guns - some places you may have seen before but they manage to point out plenty you missed on previous visits, together with some new sights for sore ears.
1. We Set Sail From Granadaland
3. First Night On A Hostile Planet
4. The Hardest Man In Alaska