X Ray Cat Trio & Harriet Hyde: Bubblegum – EP review


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X Ray Cat Trio & Harriet Hyde: Bubblegum (Buzzards Claw Records)
Ltd 7″ | DL
Available mid December 2020

A Christmas gift from the X Ray Cat Trio!

Four tracks arriving on limited edition pink vinyl ahead of the Big Day, just in time to soundtrack the dressing of the tree!

This EP, the follow up to the rather wonderful ‘Love, Blood & Monsters’ album sees El Nico and the boys joined by Harriet Hyde (ex-Black Moth; El Nico was himself briefly a member of Black Moth)

It turns out the two of them had a long held infatuation with 50’s pop, doo-wop and the ballsy soul offered up by the likes of The Ronettes whose yearning vocals were later adopted on occasion by the likes of The Ramones who also get their seal of approval. That infatuation has now birthed the ‘Bubblegum’ EP which opens with ‘Only One’ a gentle meander into the ripples, dominated by a neat Deltones style guitar, subtle tumbling drums, and Harriet’s paean to an unnamed lover.

Title track ‘Bubblegum’ has the waves breaking into the soup, with both El Nico and Harriet harmonising the sugar coated ‘I wanna chew your bubblegum’ line as an expression of unkempt desire – an almost call and response token of admiration over a rock ‘n’ roll tug of the heartstrings whilst ‘Chainsmoke’ a classic B-move teen drama breakup/moving on lament has great guitar tones and a laid back tuneful melody that perfectly compliments the playful vocal and the shards of distorted guitar.

Despite not being able to even see a coast line from Leeds there is something genuinely authentic about this EP, from the classic doo-wop chord progressions, to the swooning vocals.

X Ray Cat Trio have generations of rock ‘n’ roll coursing through their veins and this slight detour into the shore break is very welcome right now.

Track List:
Side A: Only One, Bubblegum
Side B: Chainsmoke, Loser

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