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Boomkat Product Review:
Featuring a great reproduction of their first NME appearance back in 1981 (replete with accompanying microphone advert: "Starmaker Series, a new look for the 80's"), the Fire Engines are one of an increasingly burgeoning set of bands (see also Orange Juice, A Certain Ratio etc.) whose true influence is only being fully realised in double decade hindsight. A collection of songs recorded live at their first ever show (Leith Town Hall no less) and bolstered by some rare studio cuts, 'Codex Teenage Premonition' is as scratchy and level dipping as you'd expect; yet it's a testament to the music on show that it still shines despite the wall of fuzz. Sharp and jerky, songs like 'Sympathetic- Anaesthetic' and 'Everything's Roses' bristle with their post-punk posturing, displaying a sound that has since been 'borrowed' by everyone from DFA and Blur through to Franz Ferdinand and Bis (you heard!). Even managing to introduce Ye Olde cowbell without a negative reaction, 'Codex Teenage Premonition' is much more than a mere aural time-capsule.