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The Loft

Up The Hill And Down The Slope

Optic Nerve

Released: 29th May 2020

7" Limited to 800, Colour Vinyl£8.99 Buy Now In Stock. Dispatched tomorrow.

Limited to 800 copies Colour Vinyl
Includes postcard and poster
Originally released in 1985 on Creation Records and arguably one of the best from that era. This version is backed with Your Door Shines Like Gold which appeared on the 12” but not the 7''

Of all the weirdo outcasts and newish groups that gravitated towards Alan McGee’s Living Room club The Loft were probably the most closely associated with it. They were even originally called The Living Room and became more or less the house band. Unlike quite a few others from the time, context is not everything and they were actually great. They always seemed a little more experienced than everyone else but were actually only a couple of years older. Their first single, Why Does The Rain was the quintessential low key gem - all Velvets chug chug, smart lyrics and a foggy evening in London. Second time round they managed to take it even further. Up The Hill And Down The Slope, produced by the great John A Rivers in his modest Leamington Spa studio, is pretty much a classic. The groove is great, the melody sticks in your brain immediately and the group sound like they’re having an amazing time playing it. It still sounds so vibey swaggering away like Richard Hell & The Voidoids or Orange Juice or something. It’s a permanent one, always love it when it comes on the radio. So great that it’s back for a lap of honour on 45, essential fun.

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