Amongst the plethora of indie bands getting back together over the last couple of years, one of the most welcome (sorry, fans of Cud and EMF) and certainly one of the most unexpected, was the return of The Primitives. Indie-pop legends, part of the short lived 'Blonde Movement' of the late 80's (alongside the Darling Buds and, much as we try and forget, Transvision Vamp), the Primitives are best remembered for that gem, and surely one of the finest 2 minutes 30 seconds ever committed to vinyl, 'Crash'.

Although their reunion was originally intended as a bit of a nostalgia trip (and also as a tribute to their late bassist, Steve Dullaghan), the Primitives ventured back into the studio and the result is Never Kill A Secret, their first recording in nearly 20 years. And the result? Actually, surprisingly good!

Opening track 'Rattle My Cage' is a fuzz-driven stomper, with hints of Lou Reed's 'Vicious' in the guitar behind Tracy Tracy's ageless vocals, sounding just as she did on tracks like 'Lead Me Astray' or 'Thru The Flowers'. 'Need All The Help I Can Get' is the first of two covers (written by Lee Hazlewood, no less) and carries on in a similar vein, whilst the EP's acoustic tinged title track, 'Never Kill A Secret', has a bit more of a Latino feel. The final track is the second cover, this time of Toni Basil's old Northern Soul number, 'Breakaway', and is a pretty faithful rendition.

There's no great musical leap forward, and the 60's influences are writ large throughout. The spikiness of earlier tracks like 'Sick Of It' and 'Stop Killing Me' may be missing (perhaps the Primitives have mellowed with age!), but they haven't lost the knack of creating catchy little tunes (especially in the case of 'Rattle My Cage').

Whether more new material follows remains to be seen, but if not, then Never Kill A Secret is as fine a swansong for the Primitives as could be expected.

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