Pep Squad - Yreka Bakery

Friday 1st October 1999
Pep Squad - Yreka Bakery
Pep Squad - Yreka Bakery

RATING 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9
LABEL: Tooth & Nail 7711282
RRP: £3.91

Reviewed by Alex Figgis

OK, so 'No Doy' was good, but bizarre. How about Pep Squad's second album? Having switched from BEC to sister label Tooth & Nail, as well as getting Gene Eugene (yet again!) to produce the album, the band have come up trumps! Blown away by the changes within the band's direction, far from compromising their original sound, I believe Pep Squad have turned out a far more focussed and mature album this timearound. Gene Eugene seems to have encouraged and enhanced Pep Squad's unique style, resulting in a disciplined yet raw vibe coming through the mix throughout 'Yreka Baketry'. The band's sense of humour and keen wit are still intact, though Pep Squad appear to be more comfortable this time round when it comes for giving a reason for the hope that lies within ('On That Day', "Birds And Fleas'); an aspect of their music seemingly void on their previous album. Complete with a truly awesome rendition of Adam And The Ant's classic 'Friend Or Foe', 'Yreka Bakery' sees a healthy progression in both sound and direction for a band fast releasing their full potential.

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