Friday, 10 June 2011

Buzz Or Howl Under The Influence

Under the influence of Leeds's Minutemen worshipping Solanki that is!  Here's their 1998 EP/Mini LP released on Flat Earth Records for your consideration.  They're certainly not shy about wearing their influences on their (record) sleeves, but that doesn't stop the guys giving it their own twist.  Breathtakingly tight, but with a jazzy looseness to the riffs and a constantly shifting tempo that never seems excessive.  True to their hardcore inspirations, all the useless fat has been trimmed and discarded.  The band threw down the music for 13 tracks in 2 hours and the vocals were added in just 30 mins a couple of months later!   This gives the recording the air of capturing a power trio near the peak of their musical powers, at a particular moment of potency.  Doesn't matter how many times I listen to this record, when bassist/vocalist Seth yells that final line on 'Pastiche For D', I can still get a little shiver down my spine at his voice, so simultaneously defiant and pleading.  You just can't help but hope it's still true.

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