There's a very distinct pleasure I get from seeing music release in what I think is ‘the right way’. HBTM Records (Happy Birthday To Me) tick all the right boxes with their origin story; they began a singles club almost by accident, then moved organically into albums, slowly building up a strong stable of artists.
It's a pretty safe bet that I'll be covering more bands from this label in the near future, but at the moment my attention is being held by this scuzzy 7" from the fantastically-named Joanna Gruesome.
I'm often found waxing lyrical about the joys of crisp production and the attention to detail that marks out great recordings from the rest of the pack, but every so often I seek solace in something a little more rough and ready; a little more heartfelt, even. Do You Really Wanna Know Why Yr Still In Love With Me? and Lemonade Girl, the two tracks that make up this delightfully home-made single, deliver all of that and more. Both tracks on this single are well crafted pop gems dressed up in lo-fi attitude, and both leave you sightly bruised and hungry for more. And if I'm honest, there's not much more you can ask from a single.