If you cast your minds back to last August, you might just be able to scrape together the odd memory of a lot of people getting very excited about a certain Sandwich band playing on the BBC Introducing stage at Reading and Leeds. Well if you have forgotten let me refresh your memory: they were called Ham Sandwich, an indie band from County Meath in Ireland, and have gone on to sell out the Dublin Arena and gain a slot at this year's Benicassim festival. And then there were these other guys...
Described by the coolest over sixty on the planet Tom Robinson as a "blink-and-you'll-miss-it lo-fi classic" (and I thought I over-hyphenated words a lot), Anguish Sandwich's Bermuda Triangle 7" on Odd Box Records is four tracks of incredible DIY punk, lyrically hilarious and just oozing infectious guitar riffs with a real hint of early 90s grunge. How could you not fall in love with this?
It's full of those raucous riff-driven rhythms distinctive to Anguish Sandwich; the hazy harmonies of Idiot C, Bermuda Triangle the song just blares out lo-fi, a real anthemic tune in the form of DOGS! And, who could forget, a re-recording of the modern day classic Leave My Brain Alone that, after only a few months of existence, got the trio to the point of near breakthrough into something much bigger that they stand on today.
For Northants bands, new and old, Summer 2012 is going to be one exciting season of releases from a few local legends as well as some real stars in the making that I very much look forward to. And that summer has just been kicked off by none other than Anguish Sandwich - in absolutely phenomenal style.