Working for a Nuclear Free City: Another band, another planet


I’m convinced of one thing – Working for a Nuclear Free City are doing so on some planet in another galaxy. Pretty similar to our own, WFANFC’s planet is different in one significant way: it has a sun that rises and sets every five minutes or so. Given that most of the double album Businessmen & Ghosts provides soundtracks to such recurrent but no less monumental events it must be so.

Plus during their otherwordly endeavours they’ve managed to channel intergalactic sound waves from a variety of earth bound bands. These hazy, indistinct, but somehow recognisable signals and messages from Planet Earth are mixed and mashed up into something that covers a kaleidoscope of sounds and genres. Most obvious are the Manc references (Stone Roses/Ian Brown, Doves, Earlies) and upbeat psych-dancy-indie (Chems, Holy Fuck), but there’s a bit of shoegaze/MBV in there, some throbbing Krautrock drivers and the odd hint at something Industrial (almost), all underpinned by the funked-up and tight-as-fuck bass and the drums.

All very difficult to pigeon hole. All very good indeed.

Picking tracks across the 103 minutes of music is a tough one and inevitably cannot do justice to the variety on show. But, it must and will be done:

All American Taste


Eighty Eight

Asleep at the Wheel

Get your alien hybrid soundtracks here


(Coda: just went outside to take a picture of the Manc road sign where-from WFANFC get their name, but alas it has been replaced by something much more FDI corporate. Shame).


About angrybonbon

Both Bars On's Manchester correspondent

Posted on August 22, 2008, in Album reviews and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. thanks nme… what beautiful text and visitors!

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