We Are the Physics – Your Friend, The Atom
There's always been a touch of crazy to Scotland's most lauded musicians. Orange Juice were awash with art school exhibitionism; mid-career Primal Scream were as hedonistic as they came; while a brutal psychosis continues to run through the vein of The Twilight Sad's recorded endeavours. With the release of album number two, Your Friend, The Atom, Glasgow quartet We Are The Physics fit right in with this vaunted cluster of off-piste homegrown rockers.
Scorched to the core with riotous gutter punk thrashing, this is a deranged, hi-octane half hour of full-throttle numbers, like the barbaric shout-a-long Napoleon Loves Josephine and equally infectious Goran Ivanisevic. One part pop to two parts rabid guitars, album high All My Friends Are Jpegs is as perfect a shard of ear-stabbing agit punk as you'll hear this year. Certainly, they sound like Devo lost their mind at times, but therein lies the charm.