GT: Beats Misplaced

Beat on the southern brats.

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There’s a humid haze hovering above Alabama psychedelic grunge trio GT’s debut album that reflects their dislocation with life in America’s sweltering Deep South, although non-residents may only pick up a sense of overbearing lethargy.

While the opening Growing Together kicks in with purposeful intent, other tracks struggle to leave a lasting mark, like the spacey Something’s Wrong With My Mind that builds a promising aura of menace but eventually stalls and settles for repetition. Or the swirling Life Is... that’s let down by uninspiring lyrics such as ‘Life is not always alright’, which is unlikely to adorn your neighbourhood wall any time soon.

The exception is Lake Arthur Sunrise that portrays an eyeball-prickling dawn before the hallucinogens have worn off. Nothing wrong with the lo-fi production either, but the occasionally slapdash approach doesn’t help and the stop-start rhythms of Real Good Sex are a bit too much of a giveaway.

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Hugh Fielder

Hugh Fielder has been writing about music for 47 years. Actually 58 if you include the essay he wrote about the Rolling Stones in exchange for taking time off school to see them at the Ipswich Gaumont in 1964. He was news editor of Sounds magazine from 1975 to 1992 and editor of Tower Records Top magazine from 1992 to 2001. Since then he has been freelance. He has interviewed the great, the good and the not so good and written books about some of them. His favourite possession is a piece of columnar basalt he brought back from Iceland.