TACKS, THE:Self-titled:LP

Nov 20, 2023

I really like this record and went looking to find out more about New Zealand’s The Tacks only to be disappointed to discover they barely made it to the release of the record before calling it quits. It’s not the first band—and it won’t be the last—to go down that route but, come on, I could have done with more than a single album and an EP from this band. It’s a glorious concoction of post-punk and darkwave, all infused with a new wave vibrancy, most readily heard on the excellent “Red Light.” There are a few moments where The Tacks bring to mind L.A.’s Slaughterhouse, which I say as a big compliment. The Tacks would not have sounded out of place during the heyday of new wave bands, and I’m sure I would have liked them just as much then as I do now. I can’t finish without paying tribute to vocalist Nalita Anne, who has an absolute stunning voice, and is the icing on top of the cake on this record. –Rich Cocksedge (Rockstar, [email protected], rockstarrecords.de)

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