There's an awkward space in music history, sitting between the end of post-punk and the birth of indie.
It's a space of transition, when an amorphous music scene dripped and filtered into different places, spaces, areas.
Relics recall that impossible-to-define spirit. The band have a chugging, bass heavy sound which wouldn't feel out of place on the Factory catalogue.
Yet those chiming guitars, those sighing vocals are more redolent of Creation's inspiring first wave. It's a curious mixture, one that is both modern and instantly recognisable.
New cut 'Straight To The Heart' combines all these elements, with Relics adding a physical, very immediate edge.
Shooting a video for the track, the band took control of the Total Refreshment Centre, a converted warehouse and studio in Stoke Newington.
Blurred visuals which have an unsettling, psychedelic feel, you can watch it below.
Relics have confirmed the following shows:
16 London The Shacklewell Arms
20 London The Old Blue Last