Conceived as a little more than a cool name for a band when vocalist Pete Dixon was little more than a nipper in short trousers, Distophia have come a long way. Children Know The Score is a cracking single from a band that can wear its influences proudly but can still manage to avoid sounding too much like anyone else. The title track is an energetic thrash of a song. There are plenty of wiry guitars, feedback, and crashing cymbals. Good stuff.
The real gem here though is Starvation Cove. At heart, it's a classy pop song, but Distophia have put it through their wringer and they've turned it into one of the best songs that Pavement never wrote. Starvation Cove is the surest indication that Distophia are a very exciting prospect. It's been a while coming but a few more tracks like this and we could be looking at a lo-fi, college rock revival, with Distophia on the front line.
Final track The Past Is An Albatross shows off a gentler side to the band. They still retain the unmistakable influence of Sonic Youth and My Bloody Valentine by adding layers of swirling feedback to this otherwise straightforward acoustic track. It's the kind of behaviour that can only make them more endearing.