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Classic Album Review: Llama Farmers | El Toppo

The British quartet stand poised at the crossroads of rock past, present & future.

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This came out in 2001 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):

 


The time-zone ground zero of Greenwich, England, is the perfect home base for Llama Farmers. This co-ed quartet, you see, seem to stand perfectly poised at the crossroads of rock ’n’ roll past, present and future.

They take their cues from the grunge-era noise-rock of Nirvana and Pixies — yes, they have a fuzzbox and they’re definitely not afraid to use it — but they manage to avoid the Nirvanabe curse by retrofitting their sound with the canyon-wide guitar hooks of Britpop and the shoegazing expanse of My Bloody Valentine. From the opening buzz-bomb riff of the title track to Feathers’ prescient chorus of “I’m afraid I have to go now, ’cos I’m gonna be a big star,” it’s obvious Llama Farmers know where they come from, where they are — and where they’re going to. And time is definitely on their side.