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Hoggboy - Or 8?

Hoggboy's physical home is Sheffield, but their spiritual mecca is a hybrid of MC5's Detroit and Ramones'New York. Their credentials are suitably top-notch, both sartorial (scuffed-up leathers and denim, unruly mops) and musical (Pistols legend Chris Thomas produces eight numbers; Uncut favourite Richard Hawley the other three), and there's enough sneering garage bluster on show—the wildly crashing "Urgh!!!" and "So Young"; the feedback snarl of "Mile High Club"—for justification. The tunes sometimes lose their way, but there's just enough belligerent suss left poking through the rubble.

Rating: 3 / 10


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