Boomgates, the Australian supergroup for trainspotters are back with their second single, this time on the San Francisco label SmartGuy Records. Last year’s Bright Idea was a beauty and their second single is like it’s better looking sister. Boomgates are Brendan Huntly who you will undoubtedly be familiar with as the singer of Eddy Current Suppression Ring teaming up with Steph Hughes of Dick Diver as well as member of the Twerps, Teen Archer, and Trial Kennedy.
Layman’s Terms is my favorite of the two songs. The combination of Huntly and Hughes reminds me of the Mekons and Comet Gain, and the song itself is firmly rooted in a lineage that can be traced back to Brisbane’s Go-Betweens. With a song like Layman’s Terms, the other side could be crap and it would still be a great single, but instead it’s the driving more Eddy Current like Nothing which works itself up into quite a maelstrom and leaves you with no other option than flipping the record over for another go. I hope these guys have a stash of songs that they’re sitting on just waiting to unleash on us, because these two singles have really got me wanting a lot more from the Boomgates.
mp3: Boomgates – Layman’s Terms (Order up a copy of the record from SmartGuy Records)
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If you are the type who goes all Tron for Kraftwerk, Gary Numan and Berlin‘s Riding on the Metro, you should probably get on this. The first batch of Total Control‘s third single sold out pretty quickly, but as luck would have it Smart Guy Records has seen fit to press up another run of the 7 inch, only this time on sterile white vinyl.
Total Control are Mikey Young and Daniel Stewart both of the UV Race. Young may be better known as the guitarist in the Eddy Current Suppression Ring, but the guy is in so many bands that I lost count at 17. He can be in 30 bands for all I care, if all them crank out singles like this one.