Paul Vickers & The Leg - Itchy Grumble (4 stars)

Paul Vickers & The Leg - Itchy Grumble

(SL Records)

A sophomore album project for ex-Dawn of the Replicants frontman Paul Vickers and former Khaya/Desc buddies Dan Mutch, Pete Harvey and Alun Thomas; the latter part of the Leg alumni also a former ballboy and St Jude’s Infirmary stalwart.

Hot on the proverbial heels of their majestic debut, Tropical Favourites, comes the leftfield neo-rock opera, Itchy Grumble, the pseudonymous tale of an immortal anti-hero who is compelled to revolve a lighthouse on the Firth of Forth.

Although clocking in at only 30 minutes, the theatrical set fuses two-parts Beefheart/Waits, one-part Birthday Party on creepy stunners such as ‘A Horse Hoof In The Soup’, ‘The Tears Of A Witch’ and the devilish title track. TV producers – get bidding.

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