With the world being the way it is, there isn’t much opportunity to do anything that involves other people so it seemed like the time had come to double up my working hours and clear the backlog of things that need fixed. So, it came to pass that I had been staring at the queue of cassette decks awaiting repair for a couple of days waiting for parts to arrive when it occurred to me that I needed more in my life than calibration cassettes. Yes, I must purchase even more music on an antique format but something of recent vintage like the Soursob cassette, released on the Fuzzkill label, shown below.
And the music? 3 songs by a Glasgow girl, or is it grrrl, band that nicely filled up the little red cassette that it came on. Plenty of rough edges on show – lo-fi and the cassette format were made for each other – yet the energy and attitude present made these songs enticing. Throw in a chant or three, some heavyweight riffing and some streetwise words that might well bring back memories of the Slits and the end result was, remarkably, more timeless than retro.
Worth buying? The red cassette is cool and Soursob are well worthy of investigation.
If you are quick, you can get your own cassette from Bandcamp.