post-punk gems, v. 62 — Young Marble Giants

‘allo readers! Thanks for tuning into K-SAT. I’m quite excited about two gigs this week. One in the Catskills on Saturday (3/21) (a bit expensive, yeah) and the other at Amherst College (3/25) (a freebie!). ┬áBoth should be a gas.

It’s been 35 years (and a day) since Young Marble Giants’ released their lone LP, Colossal Youth. The brothers Moxham and Alison Statton hail from Cardiff, Wales, and offered up a real gem of five-star LP, as noted in Sounds at the time. It certainly heralds the mellower moments in early Liz Phair, the softer passages of early Hole (“Credit … ” is a YMG tune), and so much more — and yet, it still┬ásounds astonishingly fresh today.

“Brand New Life” offers up that first 60 seconds or so with a tension that you know, and adore, and you wait with jaw clenched for the thing to erupt — and well, if you don’t know what happens next, you know what the next three minutes of your day should include. C’mon: it’ll make you even happier!