Friday, July 10, 2009

If You Have a Demon

Plastic Idol Records, the label who brought us Young Governor's debut single and possibly my favorite 7-inch of the year so far, has done it again, this time with a single from France's Crash Normal. I had never heard this group of Parisians before reading Plastic Idol's announcement of the release, but one listen to the snippet from the A-side offered at the label's website and I knew I had to have this particular slab of vinyl. (The very reasonable price of $5.75 post-paid didn't hurt either.)

"Flying to NY" is a rock-solid track with a catchy stop-start guitar riff that compliments the buzzsaw-thru-a-chorus-pedal vocals quite nicely, but, like all the best singles, it's the flipside that really shines, and here Crash Normal turn in a rad fuzzed-out cover of the Country Teasers' "Hairy Wine 2" that, to these ears, eclipses the original. You'll have to listen to the next podcast to hear that one, though. In the meantime, give a listen to the A-side.

[mp3] Crash Normal - "Flying to NY"
(buy it from Plastic Idol Records)

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