This is a review of "Untitled" recorded by Hairstreak. The review was written by Richard Garnett in 2003.
Hairstreak was not the German General in Allo Allo but it would perhaps be more interesting if this was. This Leeds-based female fronted five piece play "tracks of a standard most bands can only dream of...". Who these bands are is unclear but if they're dreaming of playing this they need to get out more. The watery self-produced sound that thins the CD out is of no help and the penchant for scary amounts of "sung from the bottom of a well" reverb on vocalist Rachel Evans voice is ill-advised. The opening bars of "Isolation" actually use a tolling bell, thunder and wind! No they really do! After a rather dull v..e..r..y....s..l..o..w 5mins, the more upbeat "Freak" is a change for the better but offers nothing on the memorability stakes. Closer "Razor 1" is "blink-and-you-miss-it" stuff, adding little other than to re-enforce the overall dreary feel.
As a first offering it's ambitious and suffers from all the gremlins of a DIY production job. A professional studio demo, some songs with the pace set above "meander" and returning the BBC sound effects CD to Leeds City library will offer some hope for the future.