Make it deep
A lot of Manics’ early demos tend to sound very alike but some of them carry minor little details that separate them from the rest. They all tend to be rather tripe still, but nonetheless…
In the case of Razorblade Beat, which bears not only the worst title in the band’s history but also some of the worst lyrics and thus we can be very very glad it never became anything more than a haphazard early demo, the stand-out detail is the screeching, high-pitched guitar sound. The sharp, jagged and almost ear-piercing guitar dominates the whole of the rather simple song, whether by loungingly swerving or relentlessly assaulting in a loud wall of noise.
Razorblade Beat’s tripe if we’re honest but it’s still one of the more listenable early demos however, if only because its sound quality is slightly less awful than most of the others have. And it’s oddly catchy which I suppose says something.