Sunday, March 07, 2010

LEATHERFACE: [1996] Cherry Knowle

England's Leatherface are a rare treasure in contemporary music -- a good old-fashioned punkrock band who are neither near-sighted nor necrophiles. But, boy, do they take some gettingused to. Frankie Norman Warsaw Stubbs's voice -- well, untutored would be kind. Yet once you'vegot used to it, it's as affecting as, say, Bob Mould's or Jake Burns Stiff Little Fingers. Formed in Sunderland, Tyne & Wear in the late '80s, and taking their name from the centralmasked character in cult classic The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Leatherface remain relativelyunknown within their own town, let alone country. Yet a body of American supporters (the mostvociferous being the inimitable Jack Rabid of The Big Takeover) have been singing the band'spraises since the 1992 release of the under-promoted Mush. However, by December 1993, following the release of Minx, the band began to break up, leaving Stubbs and drummer Andrew Laing tocomplete their final mini-album, The Last. Stubbs worked on a number of projects, includingreleases as Pope and Jesse. However, interest in Leatherface (mainly prompted by the reputationof Mush) eventually led to the reissue of the group's earliest recordings -- Cherry Knowle(1989) and Fill Your Boots (1990). Leatherface reformed in 1998, and the following yearcompleted their first tour of America, releasing a split album with touring partners Hot WaterMusic for BYO. It featured one truly heartbreaking song, "Andy" (a dedication to Andy Crighton,the group's longstanding bass player who committed suicide) among other pop-punk nuggets. Fans were rewarded again in 2000 with the release of Horsebox, their first full-length studio album in seven years. Last was issued the following year. If you believe that punk can still matter -- that it can be impassioned, intelligent and emotive without just retreading the boards --you should check out Leatherface immediately.
— Alex Ogg , All Music Guide

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