When this 12" single arrived, I imagined that the band might play old school 80's goth of the sort that the women who always could be seen in goth clubs with a pet rat on their shoulders would want to dance to. But of course this band from Los Angeles are all far too young to remember that phenomenon and are thankfully nowhere near as scary as those women once were.
The a-side opens with the brilliantly titled I Can't Dance To The Smiths Anymore: a slice of neo-twee indie that nicely disses some poor sod while having just about enough clattering and odd noises to make it stand out.
Five Fingers isn't about that form of widowhood but has some real Casio-style keyboards and lo-fi noise to say goodbye to someone you felt the need to spill your guts to, before they prove they really didn't care to begin with.
Suck A Lemon (I) is quite urgent as she'd rather suck a lemon than to talk to you - as, of course, you're out clubbing with a rat on your shoulder again. Not it's not about that but you have that ability to alienate everyone around you, so a good bitter twisted song all in all.
The B-side opens with Beyond Belief, which sounds like a 60's girl group melodrama filtered through The Vaselines and Delgados as a tale of despair unfolds and she knows what keeps you up at night. Damn, those rats scratch the walls a lot.
About You is about as heavy as they get with a cool, insistent riff that helps to let us know what's going on and going wrong and why they no longer want to be around you. Then Suck A Lemon (II) is really stripped back and bare - almost acoustic. It really works work as a dish served cold diss and dump you song that's barely there.
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Oh and the deluxe version comes with a silk screen printed pillow case!! Find the band here at: Rat Fancy Online