This oddball U.K. crew debuted under the moniker The Avant Gardener with a single on Virgin in 1977, after apparently winning some sorta talent contest. This is not something you necessarily need to hear. At that nascent stage, they were a faltering, if spirited mess (the determined can find it Here along with a withering and lengthy anecdote about them from the engineer of the sessions). Dial forward seven years however, with a reformation, a previous (unheard by me) LP and two new members in their ranks and it's a very different story; this latter day Avant Gardeners stuff having moved from abject fumble to expressively wobbled and arty dark-tinged post punk laden with psych pop overtones and a vibe akin to The Legendary Pink Dots, The B People and The Deep Freeze Mice.
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