Acerbic post-punk outsiders [the] Happy Refugees formed in London in the early 80s, and were descended from a group of bands initially based around Stoke-on-Trent, including the likes of Garage Class and The Pits.
Following the 2011 reissue of their overlooked but retrospectively acclaimed debut album 'Return To Last Chance Saloon' (originally titled 'Last Chance Saloon'), and an album of new material released in 2014, entitled 'Beyond Moth and Rust', the band have returned with 'Intermittent Motion', a new 10" comprising four tracks taken from forthcoming new album 'Continuous Motion' (see what they've done there?) and released on their own label Gymnasium Records.
Laced with lively proto-punk momentum, noirish atmospheres, 'shades of Tom Verlaine & Jacques Brel', and some light yet expansive flashes of overcast psychedelia, it's a compelling rendition of modern day post-punk, with plenty of incisive humour.
'Intermittent Motion' is out now.
The Ransom Note affiliated label Outer Reaches reissued 'Terminal Tokyo / I Got Standards' by the Happy Refugees related project Garage Class in 2018.
Listen to the highly recommended reissue of 'Return to Last Chance Saloon' - released by Dan Selzer's sorely missed Acute Records imprint - HERE.
Listen / Order 'Intermittent Motion' HERE.
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