Boomkat Product Review:
Bone dry minimal wave finesse from 1989 resurfaces via Dark Entries, making necessary introductions to Basildon, Essex sisters Gina & Tina Fear’s From Nursery To Misery
If you aren’t snagged by their name already, the music will properly bite if exquisitely droll bedroom pop is your bag. Taken from their two tapes self-released between 1989-1990, the 11 songs on board pair the girls’ strongly accented vocals low in the mix with glistening darkside synth-pop hooks and puttering drum machines in a classic DIY fashion, but it’s fair to say we’ve never heard it done quite like this.
OK, maybe we could draw comparisons with the unaffected, plaintive delivery of Inga Copeland/Lolina on ‘Aeroplanes’, and the music at times reminds to Two Daughters to ‘A Summer Morning Trip Through Misty Woods.’ Yet there’s something more chilling and directly urgent to their sound, as we’d identify in the icy grip of ‘Poison’, while there’s almost an element of Louis Johnston’s dark Essex humour to ‘The Daily Raper’, and the likes of their darkwave zinger ‘Spawning Beds’ feels like a knowing DIY slant on the relatively posh plushness of the basildon bastards, DM.