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You've seen us--you must have seen us-- (Devil in the Woods)

By: Cam Lindsay

Like Elastica, Norwich, England's KaitO take their cue from The Fall. Present are the random screams and yells, the muffled vocals and the strange sounds in the background accompanying the instruments. The sound of the recording is sloppy, distorted and noisy; everything an art-school indie band needs to make their masterpiece. "Bow Wow" sees the band going all out on the feedback reaching volumes that should not be caught on tape, but somehow sound quite glorious. "Go" takes its cue from a band like Bis when they first began. With enough beats to dance to, singer Nikki Colk's vocals are quite like nails scratching a blackboard every time she yells either "Go!" or "Stop!". "Rockstuff" begins with a noise not unlike the jets of a plane taking off, and continues with weird sounds that definitely haven't been used before on any record. Overall, it's a nice start to a band that might eventually become an underground hit. But first they'll need to clean themselves up a bit, because a lot of the stuff on this record is too much for the aural senses.
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