New Fast Automatic Daffodils

A peculiar Madchester band that shot for a Happy Mondays sound and, in grazing their target, wound up achieving something unexpectedly unique. Andy Spearpoint, the vocalist, has a David Gedge (the Wedding Present) kind of clipped attack, a guttural timbre that I imagine one pulls off by shoving their tongue down their throat. And while the guys poured funk and dub into their post-punk concoctions, they ultimately sounded more a piece with Joy Division than the Stone Roses.

There's an anxiety to them that feels less psychedelic and whacked out and more wide-eyed and sober than their contemporaries. R.E.M. at the Haçienda?