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Albums Of The Week: Easter | Facsimile Of A Dream

It sounds a bit like Son Volt, Television & Dinosaur Jr. Do I really need to say more?

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE:Easter’s new album Facsimile Of A Dream was produced by Simon ‘Ding’ Archer (PJ Harvey, Pixies, The Fall) at 6db Studios in Salford.

The album title seems to refer to the lockdown period in one sense, a document of that time, but as frontman Tom Long elaborates: “It also harks back to pre-lockdown, when there was actually a possibility of some change on offer. Unfortunately we’re forbidden from talking about that. There were solutions to many of the problems we face now, but that dream was crushed, never to be spoken of again.”

These Manchester indie-rockers have built a reputation as one of the city’s best-kept secrets. Spurred along by singer-songwriter and guitarist Long and a rotating cast of Manc-underground shredders, they’re a formidable live act who have toured the U.K. repeatedly and provided support for post-rock behemoths Mono, avant-rockers Ranga and Mugstar — but also poppier acts such as Canadian shoe-gazers Tallies.

However, for all of Manchester’s illustrious musical history, it’s hard to bring to mind a local act that they compare or aspire to. Instead, Easter’s binoculars are fixed on the fuzzy indie-rock of Dinosaur Jr, Guided By Voices and Teenage Fanclub, with added twin-guitar weaving recalling the articulate jams of Television, Chris Forsyth and even Wishbone Ash. Only in Tom’s vocals are there occasional hints of their surroundings with echoes of the Mozza and a few junctions away across the M62, Dave Gedge.”