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Albums Of The Week: Tijuana Bibles | Free Milk

The Scottish indie-rockers' dynamic debut welds dark volatility to supersized hooks.

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE:Tijuana Bibles — brothers Tony and Danny Costello, James Brannigan and Mikey Dornan — are poised to mainline their alluring all-killer hooks and chaotic discontent once more.

Fascinated with life beyond their hometown of Coatbridge, the Scottish band’s unique alchemy and charisma has charmed audiences around the world, making for an impressive touring history. Sold-out U.K. shows culminating in a two-night residency at Glasgow’s King Tuts Wah Hut became infamous and soon, the four-piece were welcome faces in the dark basements venues of Berlin, Paris and Poznan. Festival appearances were punctuated by guerrilla gigs on the streets of their travels, en route to Reading & Leeds, Isle Of Wight, Spain’s Kutxa Kultur, Germany’s Reeperbahn and SXSW festivals.

Their cinematic songwriting has soundtracked supermodel Kate Moss’s collaboration with French designers, high-speed car chases on Amazon Prime’s Grand Tour, Sky Sports F1 and mammoth sporting events such as UEFA Champions League.

Re-emerging, clutching their manifesto, their new material is propulsive, volatile and unencumbered by any expectation of what fans may have come to expect. This is the sound of modern dystopia.”

 

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