HOT MASS: Nervous Tensions: LP

This relatively new Welsh band has created a record which, after just a handful of plays, has become indelibly stuck in my head. The ten tracks feature some memorable intros and outros bookending the guts of songs in which the rhythm guitar provides the necessary propulsion whilst frequently attacked by a trebly lead scratching angrily away. Nervous Tensions rocks and it does so in a way which has the same melodic thrust that many bands from Chicago have used to good effect over the years. To top it all off, this was the soundtrack of my trip to France to watch Wales defeat Belgium­­ in the Euro 2016 Quarter Final, one of the greatest experiences of my fifty years on this planet. This is the perfect album to associate with a once-in-a-lifetime event. –Rich Cocksedge (Brassneck, brassneckrecords.bigcartel.com / All In Vinyl, allinvinyl.com / Waterslide, watersliderecords.com)