POLARNECKS - BASKETBALL

Remember when Idlewild took that leap from 80s hardcore / Sonic Youth / roll-on-the-floor-instead-of-playing-the-actual-songs kids and became a wonderfully articulate young rock band? Remember what emerged from that? Yup, it was 100 Broken Windows. That's why I'm excited about Polarnecks. They stand on that same precipice.

'Basketball' begins with a ridiculous lo-fi beat that sounds like someone slapping on an old suitcase, then a deliciously evil baseline pre-empts a bit of Pixies discord and we're off. They skilfully ramp up the tension as the track rolls along, letting sounds and feedback pile on until the whole thing collapses in on itself. I bet they're fantastic live.

There's only 50 cassettes of their new record, Scary Things, and it's up for pre-order now. I don't even need to tell you what to do next.