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Subnormal Girls - DIY/Post Punk 1979-84 Vol. 2

Year Released: 2016
Format: LP
Label: Waiting Room
Reviewed by Alex Deller on Dec 31, 2017
Second great collection of female-fronted post-punk from Waiting Room Records, and I think I actually prefer this outing to the first. Beyond adding a year to the date range the style and format is pretty much the same, albeit showing greater variety and dynamic within the set parameters. You get peppy, punked-up bursts, bouts of warped pop and odd abstract lurches from bands (barring X Mal Deutschland) who you've likely never heard of unless you've done some serious crate-digging/blog-scouring. Every track's a highlight, but particular doozies include those by 水玉消防団 (a.k.a. Mizutama Shobodan), Q4U, Rosa Yemen and Corrosive Crowd. As with the first instalment my only gripe is the lack of some kind of Nuggets/BFTG-style liner notes to guide my next steps but, hey, I'm a grown-up and I can use the internet. Now, find a copy for yourselves – I'm off to spin this again and update my Discogs want list...

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