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Fresh Snow

Fresh Snow - Mony Mony - split 7

Mony Mony - split 7" with Mimico
Reel Cod - 2014

Michael Panontin
This excellent double-sider arrived in shops at the tail end of November 2014, and at a pitifully low price point of just five bucks it has to go down as one of the top-10 record values of the year, if only we kept such sensible stats. Both bands here - Fresh Snow and Mimico - are part of the Toronto-based Reel Cod label's impressive roster of talent, one which also includes the jangly Pinecones and the power-popping Taste. It's hard to say which side is the better of the two here. Mimico's 'Fate Screen', taken from their Incantations set of the following year, is a mesmerizing melding of seventies krautrock and eighties dark wave and easily one of the finer tracks to come out of Canuckistan of late. Over on the flip, Fresh Snow deconstruct Tommy James and the Shondells' 1968 classic with their usual full-on Neu-inspired assault. "This is a song Billy Idol stole from Tommy James," the guys cheekily write on their webpage, "[and] we're stealing it back!" To which one can only add, "Fuckin' eh!" With seething electronics and crashing, chaotic drums, not to mention a pounding Dingerbeat that just barely keeps the whole thing from near total disintegration, this most innocuous of frat-rock anthems is rendered almost unrecognizable, save for the occasional familiarity of a guitar chord or two. Track this record down if you can.


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