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Names can sometimes cause the mind to wander down false avenues; drawing assumptions before a single note is heard and ‘Where the messengers meet’ serves as a casual reminder of the pitfalls of doing so; as it contains twelve tracks of five carat, dynamically astute and hauntingly sung left of centre, gloom tinged rock that will instantly conjure up comparisons to PJ Harvey, Sparkle Horse and Radiohead at their least experimental. Yet while the record no doubt reverberates with the influence of the aforementioned, the introduction of woozy orchestral instruments helps secure that it wanders away enough to stop it from becoming more then a mere pastiche. Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band may not possess the easiest name to remember but many should be hoping they can remember it long enough to at least investigate.

By Nathan Westley

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