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Format : 7 inch vinyl Tracks : Stacey's Cupboard
Release Date : April 1992 Roll
Country : Australia
Label : Summershine [shine020]
Notes : Only 800 Pressed - each numbered in silver pen

Double A-side

Production / Engineering : Chris Thompson Credits : Both Tracks - Goldberg / Stevens / Earthmen


Melbourne quintet debut with a stunning sonic pop squall. Pencil-necked vocals and cardboard box drums are drenched in high decibel guitar distortion that transforms the pigeon-chested pop song buried underneath into a supersonic, post-rock noisefest. Dig it.
Juke (Melboune) April 1992. Stephen Walker.
More of a Flying Nun sound than anything else, bolstered by the occasional but grand strips of harsh guitar overindulgence (circa early Dinosaur) all housed by modest production from Chris Thompson and basic song structure that is both familiar and elusive. Over, Roll is even more assertive as its teasing melody locks horns with a tidy lead break that spirals off somewhere into the stratosphere. Your attention please!
Beat (Melbourne) April 1992.
The local lads release their collector's item debut (there's only 750 of them and the labels are printed on the wrong side). The music is good, too. Noise pop. "The guitars are loud with a capital L", the bio says. Not as powered as their live presentation, but both songs have an endearing raw quality.
In*Press (Melbourne) May 1992.
Some recording plant rhode scholar has made sure that the Earthmen's single Stacey's Cupboard/Roll has the A and B side labels stuck on the wrong sides. This would be a problem except for the way that both sides of this noise pop treat sound equally appealing. Stacey's Cupboard starts off sweet enough before becoming a grinding mess of guitar. Rather like Dinosaur Jr's stab at Just Like Heaven. Roll, the second tune, is a little mellower but neat as well. The piece of fuzzed out simplicity is available for a limited run of 750 on Summershine records so don't delay.
In*Press (Melbourne) April 1992.
The Earthmen, the impressive Victorian winners of Triple J's J-sessions last year with a demo that sounded like it was taped on someone's patio, offer up a feast of fuzz-pop on this, their debut single. They switch expertly between clean, crisp melody and grinding, distored guitars in a satisfying combination for most of the song. It ends up with a fuzz-ball of feedback that unfortunately doesn't really go anywhere, falling short of the expectations built up beforehand. Apart from that, Stacey's Cupboard is a tempting first release.
The Age, EG (Melbourne) May 1992. Victoria Thieberger.

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