There’s a definite punk-fuelled agitation at play, even when the accompanying hooks have a sugared Britpop sheen. They also explore some fascinating areas that are beyond the remit of most rock bands. Harbour, for example, examines singer Lyndsey McDougall’s experience of childbirth, while Lily Yeats is concerned with the embroiderer sister of poet W.B Yeats. There’s a cerebral side, certainly but it’s wedded to a more visceral response on the likes of set-piece closer Christian Boys. New Pagans have bite when required but it’s always measured and never descends into cliché.
The overall impression is of not only a good debut album but also an important one. New Pagans are a new force to be reckoned with.
For Fans Of: Sonic Youth, The Pixies, Marmozets
The Seeds, The Vessels, The Roots And All is released on March 19 via Big Scary Monsters.
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