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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The 46th (And Last) Playlist Of 2014


Sorry I didn't manage to post a playlist last week; a combination of germs, deadlines and various other professional/seasonal distractions meant that I ran out of time.

Here, though, is our last office list of 2014, with lots of strong new entries. A few highlights...