What is better than a good single? Two good singles, of course, thanks to post-punk band LIINES.

The Manchester-based female band are releasing their new double A-side, ‘Disappear’ / ‘Be Here’, which follows hot on the heels of previously well-received track ‘Never There’.

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Focusing on the first offering, ‘Disappear’, it’s clear to understand why this trio are drowning in waves of praise. Zoe McVeigh’s vocals are crystal-clear and sharp, which is not always the case with bands of this ilk, so being able to hear her voice sore above the music is a breath of fresh air. The bass playing of Steph Angel on both of the tracks lumbers along like a steamroller mowing down all that stand before it – it retains a wonderful grimy sound to it, which gives the music a buffed-up monstrous atmosphere.

‘Be Here’ is a fine addition to the release, boasting a powerful sing-along chorus. It’s only fitting the band decided to make this a double A-side, as it would be an insult to label either track as a B-side. What you have here are two fantastic songs that throw punk, rock and pop into a mixing pot, with the final outcome being well-crafted and inventive pieces of explosive music. I seriously doubt you will hear a superior, more intense release for the remainder of this year.

9 / 10