Clinic are from Liverpool, but that's where the similarity with any other quartet ends. In fact, Clinic sound like the Beatles never happened, as if pop remained in permanent thrall to Joe Meek before jumping straight to Studio One dub. Or as if the Shangri-Las drifted into Crime.
The most surprising thing about the new Clinic disc is'"ah, who are we kidding? You know exactly what you're getting here'"pop formalism, noisy yet intricate, impenetrable yet catchy.