Brand Violet's sophomore effort, released May 2005 on Tapewyrm Records, continues their power-pop surfgoth adventure with a somewhat darker, harder edge than 2004's Retrovision Coma USA. With a track recorded by The Damned/Lords of the New Church's Brian James, a sexy, bloody vampire short film comes with it as well ... what's not to like?
"Spooky, gothic, surf, noir, rock 'n' pop - Brand Violet are already cult favourites in London and it's not difficult to hear why. Frontwoman Sally-Anne Marsh sounds like an insane six year old with a grudge against society - in reality, she's an insane twenty-something with a grudge against society - and the band whip up a noise which takes in all the above and comes out the other side like a hybrid of X, classic Blondie, Cramps and the Gun Club." (Rob Robes, Nighttimes.com)
"Sally-Anne Marsh sounds like the results of an experiment to distil the irresistibly seductive voice of Eartha Kitt with the irresistibly seductive voice of Debbie Harry. That makes her sound irresistibly seductive then, yet her contribution isn't the most striking thing about 'Sputnik Bride'. That honour is reserved for the wobbly 50's space-rock that underpins it; it's like listening to Space (in the five minutes that they were unmissable) rummaging through Joe Meek's cupboard looking for the holy grail of unmistakeable sounds. If Space really had done this they'd be Top of The Pops. Their loss; Brand Violet have done it and I'm SO looking forward to seeing the look of confusion on the face of the tragically hip loser that has to present this lot to the nation when they make it, for make it they surely will." (Susie Q, LOGO Magazine UK)
"...too damn cool for its own good...the Pixies caught red-handed hoodwinking a copy of B-52's 'Planet Claire'...needling riffs, dragging doom laden chords navigate a cautiously grinding groove that's pitted in shadows and oppression and just when your at your least aware it rears its potently tipped tail sting to render you paralysed..." (Mark Barton, LosingToday.com)