By Jon Milton
I remember Ceefax. The information service on BBC that was always pretty rubbish, even before the internet era kicked in. Amazing to think it was only 10 years ago that it ended. And Asbestos, widely used during the 20th century until they found out that it did bad things to your health. Expensive to get rid of too.
Fortunately the latest single from York's Perspex is not as pointless as the two anachronisms that make up its title. 'Ceefax & Asbestos' in fact, is actually rather good, and a further example of the promising breed of new bands who are emerging with lots of exciting new material now that the worst of the pandemic seems to be behind us.
The song itself deals with disposable media and entertainment through the scope of artists "A glam rock flavoured pop song that acts a warning from the past to the future - a scathing response to the flashing wheel of 15 second entertainment from the ghosts of the techno-past". Musically the song sits nicely alongside the likes of the T-Rex, Teenage Fanclub and the Velvet Underground.
Ceefax and Asbestos is the first track to be taken from the band's self-titled debut album and its out now.
You can hear it on the fiver at newmusicsocial.com/playlists at the moment, or click on the link below.