Mary Mary b/w Don’t Bring Me Down - Love Minus Zero (Method Records)
Jangling pop on one side and rocking power pop on the other.
Love Minus Zero were a Sydney band from the second half of the 1980s, active on both the Waterfont label and Green Fez, the Citadel spin-off. Their lineage came via mods Division 4, Suicidal Flowers and the (later) Bambalams.
Both cuts are on a forthcoming compilation of their output - if you were on the ball, you might have caught their recent reformation show - and you’ll need to be quick if you cherish vinyl singles; as this is in a run of just 100.
“Mary Mary” gets positively Beatle-esque in its employment of a trumpet over its Rickenbacker jangle. Just like the label says, it cajoles rather than confronts and has a nice psychedelic edge. “Don’t Bring Me Down” is not the Animals song. A smudge of backward masked guitar announces the song itself, a stellar pop tune led by guitarist Dario Becego's melodic vocal. The guitars rock and Joe Genua’s drumming is right on the money, too. A gem.
Tags: method records and music, love minus zero, mary says, don't bring me down
Guest - JoePermalink
Hey there and thanks for the great review
the tunes are a labour of love and we have finally got it out for the greater record buyer public . The album is worth a listen too
just a correction though the lead guitarist Dario provides those melodic tones on "Don't bring Me Down" as he wrote the song as well as sings the lead vocals.
Cheers and thanks for the support0 Like