Sunday, 9 September 2012
About a million years ago, in 1997, I was wasting my lunch break trawling through the forgotten rubbish in the second hand record shop a few doors up from the shop I worked in. That's when I stumbled across Jitterjuice - the debut record by these guys. I'd never heard of it, or them, before; but the CD case was a fruity shade of neon yellow, and it only cost £3. Sold.
As luck would have it, it was a pretty great record; a bit turgid towards the end, but mostly a bewildering mix of raucous guitars, dark electronica and a thick smear of weirdness. Somewhere between the Pixies and Lamb. Nice.
I never made any effort to keep up with all things 12 Rounds related, happy just to play my splendid bargain happenchance over and over and over again. Turns out that they released a second record at some point, and recorded a third. Though the record itself was never released, the band are making some of the songs available for free download through their website. It's a little more polished than that first record, but still well worth checking out.