DEEP TISSUE: Patience or Fear: LP

2020 has been a shit year in many respects. Many parts of the planet have succumbed to a deadly virus whilst on both sides of the Atlantic Trump and Johnson have shown scant regard for lives through their respective mismanagement of the pandemic. However, this year has also brought about a plethora of extremely good records and Patience or Fear joins that grouping with ease. From the first few seconds of the opening track “Mood Swing,” I knew this was destined to invigorate and excite my ears. The sharp, intricate post-punk guitars—reminiscent of The Chameleons—heralded the onset of a wonderful song which was rhythmically entrancing and featured mesmerizing vocals from Lauren Leilani Iona. The band is tight as hell and the quality persists right through to the end, creating a musical experience that delivers variety across an excellent collection of songs. The standout track is “Despair” on which Iona manages to channel both Exene Cervenka and Siouxsie Sioux in one of the most aggressive of the nine tracks. In a year with many great records, this currently stands on top of my pile. –Rich Cocksedge (Play Alone, [email protected], playalonerecords.com)