'SPLIT' W / SPIN SPIN THE DOGS
UTR043 | 12" | 9 tracks, 25 minutes | April 2011
This addition to Upset The Rhythm's series of split 12"s from the UK underground sees Please team up with frenetic eccentrics Spin Spin The Dogs, demonstrating the bands' shared love of flipping the mundane on its head whilst running with the pulse of punk today.
Frenzied, feverish guitars and crashing rhythms dominate Please's first track "Clothes", giving a taste of the band's impish demeanor. Hot off the blocks "The Germ" discusses themes of turning seasons amongst swirling space echo and cyclical clattering. Heavily instrumental and high-spirited Please tease with false endings and secret passageways, which exhibit well the extraordinary chemistry the three have forged.
This side of the 12" cools off for the paranoid and cinematic "Harrow and Wealdstone", its spooked guitars creating a darker mood before charging the gates for closer "Pass The Apple". Finishing on a high note the last song's chiming guitars and rattling drums sound effortlessly spontaneous and bags of fun.
Paintings of American songwriter Randy Newman in a relaxed yet dynamic pose are featured throughout the record's artwork. Painstakingly hand crafted by members of both bands over days, months and years, the joint artwork is a good example of why this record works so well - they share a common sense of humour, a fondness for each other and a mindset of offering the unexpected.
Please and Spin Spin The Dogs combined on one LP make the UK underground a more fun place to lose your mind.