Once hailed as one of the most promising indie rock newcomers, Dawn Of The Replicants have retreated further away from the mainstream with each subsequent release. This move certainly doesn't mean that the quality level has dropped (although they will always find debut 'One Head, Two Arms, Two Legs' hard to beat) and 'The Extra Room' is brimming with the customary frenzy of ideas. There is a notable influence of Rolling Stones-like blues rock but this only goes halfway to describe this curious band who offer literal meaning to a song entitled 'Take A Piece Of Heart', with vocals delivered by Paul Vickers' reliably ugly growl. The first quartet of songs are terrific; each displaying their warped but always highly infectious way with a tune. Yet they reach the peak on the ramshackle balladry of 'Feeling Like Jack' that is followed by the dramatic, threatening 'Rice Cake Rabbit Soul'. With their rare ability to subvert allied with the nous to write cracking songs, Dawn Of The Replicants should be hailed as one of Scotland's national treasures.