The Manhattan Love Suicides

Label
Magic Marker Records
Release date
10 Nov 2006
Running length
12 tracks
Running time
38:40

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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Things You've Never Done 2:56 5,347
2 Skulls 3:02 7,239
3 Evil Side 2:44 4,037
4 Crush Whatever 3:09 4,728
5 Thinking Is Killing Me 3:32 5,805
6 (The Guy On the) 14th Floor 2:08 5,096
7 Home 4:10 3,268
8 Suzy Jones 3:12 6,631
9 Kick It Back 3:08 5,930
10 Negative Push 3:07 2,741
11 Indian Summer 3:03 4,484
12 Providence 4:29 2,707

About this album

Bubblegum pop and popcorn horror have more in common than namesakes that end up beneath movie-theater seats. Beyond the critical disdain heaped on each genre, both the music and the movies are drawn to the clichés of rock ‘n’ roll-era American teenagerhood: innocent girls, bad boys, proms, and the occasional bloody knife murder. In the 1980s, UK bands like the Jesus and Mary Chain violated girl-group song structures with feedback, while downtown New York was moving beyond slasher flicks to what actor Nick Zedd called “the cinema of transgression.”

The Manhattan Love Suicides take their name from director Richard Kern’s lo-fi 1985 short films, one of which starred Zedd in a gender-bending nymphomaniac dual role. This Leeds foursome’s fuzzed-out dream-pop recalls not only JAMC, but also the willowy female vocals of C86 alumni the Shop Assistants. However, rather than revive the sexualized gore of the 80s movie underground— or the black-leather tropes of recent retro noise-poppers like the Raveonettes— the Manhattan Love Suicides’ self-titled debut throbs with the giddy vulnerability of the scene that the NME’s C86 compilation helped spawn.

The contrast between the haze of violent guitar noise and the tender pop sentiments just barely audible beneath gives the album its underlying tension. Appropriately, opener “Things You’ve Never Done” is at once a kiss-off and an escape. Between blistering put-downs, singer Caroline McChrystal tells a soon-to-be-ex

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