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  Sick56 / Higgins++ - New Day New Enemy
By Nihilism On The Prowl - Webzine submitted

In keeping with JSNTGM’s penchant for coloured vinyl comes this 45 on a canary yellow platter which adds a splash of colour to the grim black and white Indie looking frontage. ‘New Day New Enemy’ is the title of this 3 tracker, but I think we all know by now it’s gonna be yet another attack on Tony Blair and his cronies yawn! Sick 56 who impressed me when I caught em live in Brum recently keep things ticking over quite nicely with this well played, midpaced number called ‘Losing The War’. It powers along quite doggedly on top of some gritty vocals and duel guitars. Towards the end they go off into an atmospheric dropout, where the guitars ring out and slide into moody strums that remind me of the Ruts, but without Malcolm Owen. I just wish these Fleetwood dissidents could inject some black humour into their bleak lyrical bites, coz their strict, orthodox early 80’s approach is getting too damn straight, if you know what I mean? On the b-side we get a quasi humorous 27 second track called ‘Einsatz’ and performed by JSTGM label boss Andy Higgins in his alter ego state as Higgins++. Andy, who’s backed by Sick 56 as per usual, sounds like John Cooper Clarke whose just swallowed a dictionary or maybe gained a university degree! I don´t even know what half those words mean and I doubt some young punk in Dudley is gonna bother looking em up? But It‘s pretty funny in a quirky kinda way, but not sure he intended it to be? Higgins++ then ups the ante on ‘Got A Revolution’ which sounds way more like Sick 56, not surprising considering they arranged it and play on it, but with Higgins++ taking on the lead vocal it don’t sound half as convincing as when he was fronting Erase Today. Not sure about more cryptic lyrics either? However it does boast the best guitar solo on the EP. Comes with a lyric insert but sadly no Thesaurus boo hoo! As always a limited edition and one for you vinyl hounds, so get it while stocks last!!! AVERAGE Peter DC

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