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Shut The Squizwot Factories Down


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Disc 1:
  # Track Name   MP3 Sample
  1   Shut The Squizwot Factories Down    
  2   Konked Out    
  3   Rosalie Starfish    
  4   Sundry    
  5   Silversong    
  6   Darling Deedah    
  7   Mr Starlight    
  8   Balloon    
  9   Somewhere Over The Moon    

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The Intermittent Mestar make a welcome return with their third album Shut The Squizwot Factories Down. In the four years since their last album Porcupine, band members dispersed to various points around the planet - but they've hardly been idle, singer/guitarist John White issuing two solo albums (Balloon Adventures and Mogwash) of some of the most gentle and beautiful acoustic songs your ever likely to hear from this country or any other. Mestar though, is a completely different beast; concise, punchy and perfectly-formed pop songs with over the top fuzzy guitar and sweet vocal harmonies from White and bassist Stef Animal.
John White's knack for writing the ridiculously catchy perfect pop song is uncanny, and Squizwot... is no exception. The band give his songs a distinctly "no frills" but very complimentary treatment - resulting in an album that's sweet and fluffy like aural candy floss but with a deceptively weighty sound - recalling the best moments of Pixies, Garageland or dare I say Smashing Pumpkins at their Siamese Dream peak. The band always planned to reconvene and when a brief window opened earlier in the year, the songs were written and recorded in short order with producer Dale Cotton (HDU, Conray), no doubt adding to the immediacy of the album's sound.
As with their previous work (and White's solo material), this could be the soundtrack to a Dr. Suess book. The word "cute" keeps coming to mind when listening to Squizwot..., and that's by no means a bad thing. Just try listening to songs like 'Konked Out' with it's "Da de de de de da de da de da" middle eight, without saying "awwwwww" out loud and giving the speakers a cuddle! It is almost impossible to pick out highlights here - the whole album is a short and very sweet trip - and one worth taking again and again. Let's hope it's not another four years until we hear more of this odd little group's genius. Highly Recommended.

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Artist: Mestar
Album: Shut The Squizwot Factories Down
Cat #: ahr023
Date: 04/10/2006
Format: Audio CD
Discs: 1
Label: Arch Hill
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Genres: Alt/Indie/Punk , New Zealand
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