Alan Brown and Vince Hunt last wrote a song together in 1989, the magnificent ‘I Love You, Mr Disposable Razors’ for A Witness. They’re now reunited, having hooked up with Daren Garrett (ex-Nightingales’ percussionist) to form Marshall Smith. They might be older and wiser (check the anguished love song ‘Happy To See Astrid’) but the spirit of C-86 lives on in the spiky, melodic pop and soaring guitars on ‘Colours’. It still sounds like the bands the members belonged to, when you hear the Nightingales influence on ‘Jumpin’ A Red Light’ or A Witness’s surreal weirdness carried on in ‘Euphonium Fishgarden’. The best of the other tracks are ‘A Thousand Curves’, a blitz of tuneful artrock while ‘Underground Music Artist’ is a sweaty blues complete with subterranean bassline. There’s been evolutionary rather than revolutionary change in the last 17 years so if you want to hear what a more mellow A Witness would have sounded like, this shows you pretty well.