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This is a really cute, ultra-giddy, three-song collection of minimal indie pop that's fronted by a formula of Casio synthesizers, delicate drum machines, and occasional Beach Boy-like harmonies. Ahead of the Race may only be seven minutes and four seconds long, but Helen Love manages to quickly let out some of the most charming pop this side of Heavenly — except a lot more stripped down.


Formed: 1992 in Cardiff, South Glamorgan, Wales

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Probably the biggest Ramones fans in Wales, if not the entire United Kingdom and maybe the world, Helen Love mixed da bruddahs with a little B-52's and a whole lot of Pooh Sticks-style indie irony to create a sunny and unapologetically disposable sound. Formed in Cardiff, Wales, in 1992 Helen Love (like Blondie, they're a group) consists of the pseudonymous Helen Love on bratty shout-along vocals, Sheena -- who is, of course, a punk rocker -- on buzzsaw guitars, and Roxy and Mark on dueling Casio...
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