Action Group (3 stars)

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Action Group

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ROCK

Discounting the occasionally slightly home-made quality of these recordings, the debut album by Edinburgh’s Action Group signals the arrival of a band whose progress should definitely be kept track of. An indie-pop quintet with a fine line in insistent choruses and electronic incursions, it’s easy to imagine some modest-budget production work turning them into serious contenders on the national scene.
In basic terms, everything they need is in place, from winning Pixies-style rockers like ‘Breaking Windows’ and ‘Monkey on My Bank’ to the proto-Syd Barrett psychedelia of ‘Wedding Bell Craze’ and a Brian Wilsonesque penchant for echoing harmonies and technical experimentation. Someone just give them some money, and see how good they can be.

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