Ripe – Filterfeed (1990, Polyester)

I more or less passed on Ripe’s 1993 album The Plastic Hassle, but when I found a copy of this one a year or so back I didn’t hesitate to dive in.  Smart move, as Filterfeed is considerably more inviting.  Smart, tuneful indie rock not far removed from Straitjacket Fit’s swirly schtick, though Ripe hailed from Melbourne, Australia, not the Kiwi isles.  In my online excavation of Ripe, I was greeted with the proposition that this foursome was once touted as “the next Sonic Youth.”  Bit of a stretch there, as the likes of “Spacesuit 4 2” and “Julie” foreshadowed the noisier end of ’90s Britpop if anything.  I really wish this had been made available on CD, as my copy of Filterfeed is laden with extraneous vinyl noise.  Anti-static inner sleeve be damned.  In addition to their two full lengths Ripe released four times as many singles/eps.

01. Filterfeed
02. Spacesuit 4 2
03. Tensehead
04. Dream Killer
05. Dodging the Steamroller
06. Impact is So Harad
07. The Hedgeburner Tales
08. Halfway Back
09. Julie
10. Easy

Articles Origin: Ripe – Filterfeed (1990, Polyester)


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