It’s difficult to know how, exactly, to inflect the title of the first full length by Manchester outfit Sex Hands. Is it disgusted, like spitting something out of your mouth? Is it inquisitive? Defiant? Or does its significance lie in the fact that it’s simply “Help” spelled backwards? No matter: the songs on Pleh are what count. And what songs they are: big, jangling, perfectly-imperfect tangles of sound. There are traces of the fantastic shamble of The Clean, but Sex Hands are looser and boozier and sail from their rickety verses into light, sleek, beautiful choruses. This is guitar-pop stripped to its essential elements and buffed so hard the scratches show. It is, needless to say, marvelous.
[Pleh will be released digitally on July 28 and physically on August 18. Pre-orders for both are available here. They'll be playing a record release show at the Shacklewell Arms on August 30 to celebrate.]