I collaborate with the RIO!B’s Sami Jarroush on this review of the latest Cloud Nothings album.
Musically minimal and verbally maximal, this singles collection from Sleaford Mods is one of the oddest things I’ve come into contact with in the past month. Yeah, it sounds a lot like the Fall, but their use of drum machines and loops definitely sets them apart from them and any similar post-punk act. Not only that, but there seems to be a strong emphasis on societal satire in the lyrics, which is something I’m sure a Future of the Left fan an appreciate.
I could make numerous comparisons, but the insane rants and unadulterated rage displayed on this album is uniquely hilarious. The poetry behind the lyrics is actually pretty clever as well. Not bad for a set of tracks that sound like they were pulled together on a shoestring budget.
Also, I gotta tell you that these guys are actually planning on dropping a new record on April 28th titled Divide and Exit, which you can stream the first single from here. It sounds like they might actually be going for a fuller sound on this new record, which I’m very excited to hear!
Sorry, it just seemed appropriate.
A wild, wordy, and riff-y track from Geronimo! titled “Mr. President.” It comes form the band’s next LP, Cheap Trick, which is dropping on May 13th via Exploding In Sound–you know, the home of my dude’s in Pile.
What his song doesn’t have in finesse, it makes up for in raw energy. The lyrics border on insane ramblings, and the tone of ‘em actually reminds me a bit of that new Big Ups album I loved recently. That makes me even more excited for this thing! Enjoy!
“Facts Are Fiction”
In the first music video in support of Mess, Liars reduce, deconstruct, and distort reality via a repetitious, cycled sequence of the trio, placed in the midst of an anarchic situation, slowly retreating backwards up a set of steps. With the end of each cycle comes some form of camera trickery, whether it be a different viewing angle, different computer-generated surroundings and props, or the blurring together of previously-seen elements in a sort of glitchy artifact soup. It’s a genius concept that perfectly matches the amped-up aesthetic of the album. It doesn’t do much good trying to explain it, though; so go on and press the play button right up there – and be prepared for the ensuing perceptual overload.
“What A Mess”
Mess is out now, and in case you haven’t heard, or forgot, it’s awesome:
Recent Constellation Records signees Ought have just dropped the first song to be released from their forthcoming debut LP on the legendary Montreal label. The album is dropping on April 29th, and is titled More Than Any Other Day.
Admittedly, I’m a bit of a sucker for wordy rock ‘n’ roll with eccentric vocalists. I occasionally have to remind myself to really wonder if what I’m hearing is actually good, or if the band in question is just scratching some insatiable itch of mine.
Yes, Ought does scratch that itch, but I think there’s something truly genuine and moving about the slow-burning instrumentation and erratic vocal delivery of “Habit.” Singer Tim Beeler’s voice doesn’t feel too different from that of a young David Byrne, and the guitars on this track sound like something out of a Midwestern emo release from the mid-90s. The instrumentation grows in intensity as the music progresses, and the band lifts these guitars and drums with some wonderful strings and electric piano.
At the finish line, “Habit” gets pretty noisy. I suppose the wailing strings and repeated shouts of “I FEEL A HABIT FORMING,” are giving off “Heroin” vibes as well. And that’s not just an aesthetic comparison either, because Ought creates a similar kind of magic, I think. Enjoy!
The previously mentioned Odonis Odonis drops a new video that features some Terry Gilliam-esque animation from Lee Stringle. It’s a pretty overwhelming set of disturbing visuals that matches the music perfectly. The band itself delivers one of the noisiest songs I’ve heard them create yet, making me even more exciting for their next album dropping via Buzz Records on April 15th. The title: Hard Boiled Soft Boiled. Enjoy!
Recent Secretly Canadian signees Dub Thompson drop a new track and music video that reminds me of a more lush, psychedelic take on Odelay-era Beck. Really enjoying the band’s approach to groove, vocal delivery, and the slightly lo-fi tone of the recording. Not only that, but the marching theme melody of this track, strangely enough, is incredibly fun. If every track is this good on the band’s forthcoming album, 9 Songs, the only disappointment will be that it’s, well, 9 songs. Enjoy, and look for this album on June 10th!
Tycho makes the transition from hazy bedroom producer to what almost sounds like a full instrumental rock band on this latest record of his.
La Dispute comes through with a worthwhile followup to 2011′s Wildlife. While some of the stories aren’t as enthralling, the band’s minor alterations to their sound this time around makes this record worth checking out if you’ve been following them up until this point, or if you’re a general fan of post-hardcore with poetic lyrics.