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demo - If anything/Boys on fire


Take a pinch of U2's heady anthemics and the momentous vigour of the Smashing Pumpkins and you'll have a decent idea of how promising Nudge sound.

The opening track 'If Anything' heads straigt for the jugular; combining sneering vocals, discordant guitar and wall to wall choruses to create a devastating but hypnotic wave of noise.
The B-side 'Boys On Fire' is subtler, but all the better for it; namely histrionic angst but with a gentle dynamic the likes of Placebo would kill for.

The production does have an alarming '80s edge, but this is promising stuff nevertheless.

reviewed by Julian Marshall - City Life 8-23 March 2000