New Lovvers single, ‘OCD Go Go Girls’ only sounds like a party mix of Status Quo’s ‘Down Down’ and The Libertines’ ‘Don’t Look Back Into The Sun’ for 30 seconds, but that it does; a real hip-twister before Shaun Hencher’s muffled vocals transport us to an Oregon basement punk club in the same DIY town his band recorded this debut album in. The sound of LA’s The Smell then whiffs off of the rest of ‘OCD‚”‘ – a squirt of No Age distortion here, a smear of Mika Miko visceral energy there – but as ‘I Want To (Go)’ sounds like The Clash’s ‘Clampdown’ it’s clear that Lovvers are keen to remain a British band. They want to take on the yanks – flanked by Shitty Limits and The Hipshakes – in fact, and the youthful exuberance of this occasionally samey record spells a real pisser for Uncle Sam’s boys.

By Stuart Stubbs

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