Froggy & The Ringes – Soft G (Kibou/Cimex/Amok/No Front Teeth/Toxic Wotsit)

This four-track EP came as a welcome surprise, because it landed out of left field with no fanfare or warning. The mysterious Froggy & The Ringes are named after a particularly odious German onion ring snack (just don’t ask me who Froggy is!), but thankfully their music is slightly more palatable. Pitching themselves somewhere between garage rock and post-punk (the back cover gleefully declares ‘Available in low fidelity only…’), this is deliriously loose and antagonistic, and all the better for it.

Kinda like Umeå’s The Vicious reimagined by/for British yobbos. The ‘ribbets’ croaked over the intro to the ridiculously catchy Froggy & The Ringes (Soft G) Theme will bring a smile to your face, but then the snotty (almost anarcho in places) punk rock of Auction This will slap you senseless, and the endearingly deadpan Don’t Listen will stomp all over your feet with its insistent minimalism. And you’ll love every minute of it. Amphibian-core anyone? Whatever this is, you need to hop to it and snag yourself a copy – and remember who toad you about them! (groan) Ian Glasper

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