Sucioperro: Pain Agency (4 stars)

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Sucioperro: Pain Agency

Friends in high places can be a blessing and a curse. This Ayrshire power trio’s association with Ayrshire’s only other spectral rock gods Biffy Clyro – Sucioperro’s JP Reid is the other half of Marmaduke Duke – means the two bands will always suffer comparisons. Sucioperro have remained in BF’s shadow but this, their second long player, should define them as a band with ample tricks of their own.

In truth, Pain Agency has as much in common with the stomping metallic prog triangulations of Thrice or Coheed and Cambria as it does Biffy’s moments of Weezer/Cobain pop headrush, and manages to be both truculent and endearing, often in the same breath.

(Maybe Records)

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