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There’s also been something just a bit more snide about noise rock in the UK that has spoken to my sensibilities. In an era where it seems many are content to pull from the Mclusky playbook (and aspects of The Fall’s impeccable catalog), there’s a new crop of bands making artistic weirdness and spewing their own venomous political sarcasm. Enter LICE, the first band signed to Idles’ record label, Balley Records, a band that incorporate a sinister twang into their unhinged freaked out cowboy punk. The band released two companion EPs, It All Worked Out Great Vol. 1 and 2, both scratchy and scathing, taking a bluesy saunter and dementing it into their own slurred punk chaos. It’s brash, noisy, and full of that maniac charm Falco perfected so many years ago. The next generation is arriving, and LICE is one of the better starting points.

Band Members
Alastair – Incoherent ranting
Silas – Legend
Gareth – Likes to play bass topless on his knees, eyes closed, sweat tenderly dripping off his forehead and nestling amongst the moist bristles of his moustache, his long curls delicately poised upon his shoulder blades. As the song finishes he opens his eyes and sends a gentle wink your way. Wow, what a man.
Bruce – Eye-Candy & purveyor of double kick pedals
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Lice have been one of the most exciting, noisy and nasty bands in Bristol for a while now, and this week set their sights firmly on the rest of the world with the announcement of new double EP ‘It All Worked Out Great’, released via fellow noisy/nasty Bristol boys Idles’ new imprint Balley Records. ‘Stammering Bill’ is the first taste of the new EP, and boy oh boy it doesn’t disappoint. The pummelling bass and unhinged guitar are forceful enough, but throw in Alastair Shuttleworth’s chaotic vocal, and the track is a true assault on all senses.

The official video for ‘Stammering Bill’ by LICE, from the forthcoming EP ‘It All Worked Out Great Vol.1’ (out April 5th on Balley Records

Lice could easily be filed next to the likes of chaotic Londoners Happy Meal Ltd. They’ve got a sound turbulent enough to get people’s backs up, yet they don’t take anything too seriously. Messy and slightly scary four piece. Despite only playing their first headline show in February, they’ve already managed to open for The Fall. In true Bristol fashion their next show is on a boat celebrating prolific Bristol label Howling Owl’s fifth birthday party.

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For fans of: Fat White Family, The Wytches, Nick Cave.