22-20s

Debut from raw Lincoln leather lads, seemingly in production since 1938

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In the reflected glow of Elephant, the Zep-on-Harleys blues savagery of Lincoln’s 22-20s sounded, last year, like Britain was joining Detroit’s mission to start rock music from scratch. In Libertine-loving 2004, however, their debut emerges as an anachronism, albeit with a fire in its chest. The likes of “22 Days” and “Devil In Me” exist in a world where only John Lee Hooker and The Stooges have ever made records, while the Afghan Whigs-ish “Shoot Your Gun” is a timely sign of 22-20s’ melodic marrow. The blues duly revitalised?next up, Nu Skiffle.

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