DUDS are the first British band ever to sign to California’s revered Castle Face Records and their debut album, Of A Nature Or Degree, shows just why – it veers brilliantly from fast and brutal to slippery and sleazy. The Manchester five piece’s discordant, angular guitars and difficult time signatures recall the sound of bands like A Certain Ratio and Gang of Four. These are breathless rampages through the joys of their highly impressive and immersive world – and live they are a refreshing sonic slap to the face.