There’s something of the Alison Mossharts to Du Blonde – aka Newcastle-born, London-dwelling singer Beth Jeans Houghton. Trading her previous folk guise for a more direct, uncompromising and riffier slant on previous LP ‘Welcome Back to Milk’ and her latest ‘Lung Bread for Daddy’, The Kills singer is perhaps the only modern comparison who quite fits her combination of no fucks given rock’n’roll badassery and more sombre, nocturnal vulnerability.
It’s a winning one, and on ‘Lung Bread…’ the singer gives both sides room to flourish. ‘Peach Meat’ is an unsettling dirge that comes up for air via a sparkling chorus riff; opener ‘Coffee Machine’ is the cinematic morning-after of a doomed love story, while single ‘Angel’ uses the simplest, scrappiest riffs and Beth’s sonorous tones to make something more than the sum of its parts. Du Blonde continues to be one of UK guitar music’s best kept secrets.