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since 2001

june 2010

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Sancho Panza

"Ball O'String" b/w "Nuts In May" 7"

Superglider Records

Genres: indie pop, indie rock, lo-fi

First Floor
123 Old Christchurch Road Bournemouth

Jun 8 - 14 2003

This is the first vinyl single from Britain's Superglider Records, and it sounds like it's the start of something good.  Each of the 500 copies comes with a hand painted cover by Nic Rowling, while the record itself contains two pop tunes from the new trio of Paul Hanford, Russel Kemp, and Matt Shaw.

Side A is "Ball O'String," a moody tune featuring a neat guitar and vocal base with drums, trumpet, and sound effects added to liven things up.  The result is a bit cacophonic but still remarkably catchy.  Fun, but perhaps too cluttered for some listeners.

Side B, meanwhile, is "Nuts in May," which takes a more calm approach.  The song is still injected with an overflow of extraneous sounds that occasionally make the music seem a bit more complicated than it has to be, but the band pulls everything together well enough to warrant multiple happy listens.

Overall, this is an interesting, catchy 7".  Sancho Panza have a nice style but may want to cut down on all the extra noises and sounds in their music if they wish to broaden their audience.


Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 2 songs, distributed by the label, released 2002]