It took the Madchester generation about 20 years to get it’s own sharp-tongued naysayer in the shape of FUC51, probably the finest blog to come out of the city. The current crop of talent might not need as long, though. With their record label status set as ‘we don’t want one’ on their MySpace and the ambience on their synths set to 11, Christian AIDS have cherry picked aspects of the competition to make their own slightly jarring image – though whether it’s sincere or not is anyone’s guess.
They’re almost a lite version of their forerunners – WU LYF making a more half-hearted attempt at mystery, or D/R/U/G/S not quite managing to pull off the swirling matrix of noise that is their live set-up. But then again, those are heady heights to be compared against, and for all the controversy that their name suggests, Christian AIDS aren’t quite that hard edged – of the two tracks available, one suggests that they’re reaching for post-Crystal Castles pop, whilst the other sounds like Witch House track using a Rowetta sample, which surprisingly still manages to be alright. By the looks of things, they’re not quite moved on to playing live shows or doing anything other than google image searching for AIDS pictures and setting up pages on the relevant social networking sites, but these are baby steps. Everything is going to be okay.
Christian AIDS – Stay Positive (demo)
Christian AIDS – Fever (demo)