Album review

The Stratford 4 - Love & Distortion

Stratford 4 singer/guitarist Chris Streng played in the short-lived Wave with future BRMC members Robert Turner and Peter Hayes before forming the Stratford 4. Like Streng's former bandmates, the 4 are fascinated by the widescreen worlds one can conjure with an electric guitar. Accordingly, their second album draws heavily on such masters of six-string cinematics as The Church, The Jesus & Mary Chain and Spacemen 3, the latter getting namechecked in nine-minute fuzz-drone epic "Telephone".

Rating: 3 / 10


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