Desert Hearts - album review (4 stars)

Desert Hearts

Hotsy Totsy Nagasaki (Gargleblast Records)


Once upon a time indie-bands had ideas and balls. But the current trend for nadger-crushingly tight jeans seems to have put a stop to that.

Giving a slap to stage school rockers and banning the keyboards from the rehearsal rooms are Belfast trio, Desert Hearts. Like LA trio Autolux, they’re not afraid to mix sensitivity with volume. OK, so they’ve heard a Pixies record or two but amidst the throbbing bass lines, pounding drums and serious distortion, there’s originality like, Mariachi horns on ‘Black Albino’ and accordions on ‘Bone Song’. A song, which we should add, is in no way about balls.

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