Length: 50:57 (min:secs)
Formed in June 2002 this four-piece band from Margate in Kent
first recorded a four/five track demo in November of that year to lay down a
marker of their hard work. Not satisfied with that they set about recording
an album entitled “Low Art” which they originally self released (in a
natty brown card foldout cover) in August 2003. Finally they were spotted
and the guys at Running Riot Records have officially released the
album during October.
Where do you begin to try and describe this sound? Well, it’s extremely chaotic, with chopping and changing pace and rhythms, it’s not particularly complicated, but it is unquestionably disjointed and discordant. At times it’s in fact totally jarring with elements of the song that are out-of-mesh with one another, the drums in particular tend to be played spasmodically and yet are used to drive the song along its meandering path. The vocals swap between a talk and shout and in either case are totally tuneless, creating a rather week, bleak and desperate sound. But of course, this is all by design and the band draw an incredible amount of character and form from this shapeless structure - does that makes any sense?
It’s a sound that requires absolute concentration to remain interested and this is probably down to a complete void of any sort of hook or any discernable handle to grasp during this stormy and hectic ride. Stand out songs are not easy to pick out as the album needs many, many listens to really become acquainted with the intricacy of each. However, “Question 10” and “Avant Garde Misdemeanour” immediately have some appealing new wave elements and things even get a little funky during “Forever Identity” - but not for long.
Featuring a mix of screamo metal, punky hardcore and emo whining they come over like a spazzed out Icarus Line. This is song writing with Tourette's syndrome. The songs are a musical car crash in a scrap yard of an album, as a listener you’re collecting up parts of the music you recognise and then trying to fit them together. Sometimes you’re successful, other times you sit there with a pile of bits, but every time you seem to have something left over! Recommend for those who enjoy a challenge - if you take it on there are rewards to be had!
(12th November, 2003)