Midlands-formed, London-based, Stricken City are a good old-fashioned indie band, just like they used to make them back in the early to mid-80s. They're a bit C81, that NME cassette you could send away for with coupons and pennies back in 1981, with shades – shards, really, jagged echoes – of female-fronted groups like Young Marble Giants and Delta 5, although they're less arty and abrasive than Raincoats and scratchier and less rhythmic than the Slits. They're also very C86, that mid-80s landmark of sloppy, slapdash, shambling guitar-pop, while the prettily dishevelled Rebekah Raa hiccups and chirrups like indie girls should. There's some oomph to their indie - they put the "ram" into ramshackle – but it's all very angular and amateurish. "We're very mistakist," they say. They leave the faults and fuck-ups in; they're part of their charm.
8 songs new mini-album,will be released on 12th October on Puregroove Records in the UK, a glorious CD/DVD package in very limited physical quantities.