La Bastard - Tales From The Beyond 12 inch
Tales From Beyond is La Bastard’s second album, released again on Off the Hip. The album artwork is impressive – HG Wells-inspired 1950s comic book with some ghoulish imagery thrown in for good measure – and gives you a good sense of where the band is coming from. The music is anything but two-dimensional: on the opening ‘Beaten Down’, Anna Lienhop’s Peggy Lee-esque vocals breathe life into a classy sorority-hall rock waltz, and ‘You Can Find Me’ snarls like a spurned lover in the grip of emotional catharsis. ‘Cold Rainy Night’ would be right at home on stage with Nancy and Lee in Las Vegas, while ‘Bewitchery’ is The Passengers on a package tour courtesy of Ennio Morricone.