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Spider

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  • Within an impressive rush of controlled power (think back to 'Babylon's Burning' or 'Follow the Leader' for a similar effect), Party Day unleash a totally unexpected firecracker, one which sizzles rather than fizzles and keeps erupting with renewed energy instead of spluttering out like a damp squib. The bass and drums rattle along and the vocals whoop and swoop down on that most precious of commodities - a decent tune. A veritable gem. Just the kind of unheralded single that would get me listening to John Peel again. Excellent!
    RAY STREET - JAMMING!, Issue No.19 (1984).
  • Mouthy pellets of malevolence pops out of a fine motor man guitar part; unfortunately I was showered with confetti when I drew disc from sleeve, so suspect they are secret sissies.
    RICHARD COOK - NEW MUSICAL EXPRESS, 19 May 1984.
  • Excellent punk junk howl, despite all the bloody confetti they put in the sleeve. Full marks for an inventive cover, too. The flip is entitled 'Flies' and hovers along nicely, thank you.
    TIBET - SOUNDS, 19 May 1984.
  • Whichever bright spark filled this record sleeve with bits of brightly coloured paper that stuck like glue through accommodating static to the record, can thank the Lord I'm a patient chap. It took a good ten minutes to make the record fit for playing. Was it worth it?

    Yes, I must admit. Theirs is a crisp crimplene diet. Straight instrumentation with quiet laughter built into the despairing wolfman. The guitar could have been the star but they all rally round and you end up with a The B-side is 'Flies' which is supposed to show a link I daresay . . . BUT it just sounds dreary after the A-side onslaught.
    JOHNNY WALLER - ZIGZAG, No.31 June 1984
  • A worthy follow up to 'Row the Boat Ashore', but now the Party Day have landed, with their feet firmly on terra-firma. We shall hopefully continue to see them rip up the roots of this bland desolate music industry, and bludgeon the moronic pip squeak pump mockers into the tepid pulp like soggy substance that they're made out of.

    The intro would have made fine accompaniment to the scalping of Custer. . . as tribal as you're ever likely to get. Another stonker that deserves your attention . . . another group that are living proof that the spirit of '77 is not dead and that the spirit of '84 might just be starting to come alive! By the way, the sleeve packaging job etc is once again first rate. . . love the confetti. Atomize.
    RED ROUSKA - ROUSKA MAGAZINE, 1984.

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BRADFORD QUEENS HALL - REVIEW

Signifying the imminent resurgence of muscularity as a fashionable stance, Party Day hang loose but heavy. Chords splatter and spurt, ricocheting off the walls.

Three reasons for liking this band

SUSAN WILLIAMS - NME, 3 March 1984.

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HAMMERSMITH CLARENDON - REVIEW

It's astonishing what you can discover just by sticking around and giving the support act a chance.

Like, Party Day: what kind of a name is that? You'd certainly never guess it belonged to a group the scale of Barnsley's monster PARTY DAY. That is, so long as you'd not heard their 'The Spider' single first.

Meanwhile, here at the Clarendon, Party Day assume we have heard the single and avoid performing it until the very end. They've clearly got the right idea, and a recent press-release proves it, showing as it does a similar spirit plus lashings of brashly inventive self-confidence. It's nearly as good as the sound itself.

This is an almost-perfect band. They have an agreeable habit of making you look-Wimbledon style-from bassist to guitarist and back again, for utter fear of missing any tricks the pair of them might get up to.

They also roar along, driven by a good old-fashioned pumping drum-kit, and every so often one of those elusive moving chord-sequences falls into place, leaving you completely startled.

Even in front of a three-thirds empty hall, Party Day are drooling as they perform, playing like their lives depend on it. What can you do but applaud their existence?
MR SPENCER - SOUNDS, 19 May 1984.

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