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TWELVE CUBIC FEET - Straight Out The Fridge

"Twelve Cubic Feet, a clear case of a band which should have been bigger than The Beatles but, for some malignant reason, became a blurry footnote in the history of underground music. Formed from the ashes of Exhibit A in the spring of 1981, the band disappeared leaving no trace shortly after 1983. During their brief existence they released a series of stickers, a monthly newsletter, two cassette tapes and their incomparable Straight Out Of The Fridge 10". Twelve Cubic Feet released this perfect 22-minute, seven-track album in 1982 on Namedrop Records (home to Doof, Philip Johnson, and Cold War and run by Philip Johnson and 12CF guitarist Paul Platypus). It is a glorious scratchy DIY indie pop gem with a post punk spirit. The sound is naive and fragile yet very addictive. Based around jangly clean guitars, drums that are on the edge of falling apart, haunting keyboards and a female vocalist that has a knack for a golden pop hook. Hard not to fall in love with. It's beautiful with a ragged charm that deserves to be heard by the masses. The band played a lot of the anarcho-punk haunts of the early '80s -- Autonomy Centre in Wapping, Centro Iberico, and London Music Collective, and were equally heralded by punks (Andy Martin from The Apostles released one of their tapes) and the DIY music crowd. The line up changed after the 10" and they recorded a Joe Foster produced demo and fell in with Alan McGee's Communication Club crowd. Twelve Cubic Feet burned bright for just a handful of years and now it's time to burn bright again. Hopefully this reissue will help them reverse one of their sticker statements "today we're nobodies but tomorrow you'll know who we are." This reissue comes with the 16-page booklet that came with the original 10". Twelve Cubic Feet feature members who did time in bands such as Khmer Rouge, The Reflections, Solid Space, Doof, and What Is Oil? For fans of the Marine Girls, Girls at our Best, Hornsey At War, Swell Maps, and Postcard Records." - Sealed Records

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