DOWN I GO
GOD, EVERYBODY'S DEAD! / SHAANXI
Length: 31:22 (min:secs)
This is the second in the infamous ‘core series of releases (the first being Dinocore and maybe there's as many as four in total) and here we find the London based band Down I Go fucking with your intellect as on this occasion they choose famous disasters as the subject, with their debut album appropriately entitled “This Is Disastercore”.
It is said that they play jazz metal but just haven’t learnt how to play the Jazz bit yet. It is said that they don’t take anything too seriously other than death itself and this they consider to be a really big deal. One thing is for sure, you will experience something a long way leftfield of what many would consider musical normality, for here you will find yourself in an aural sanatorium surrounded by lunatics partaking in feral, spazzy and psychotic progression. It’s avant-garde, abstract and intangible in the best Patton-esque traditions, taking totally off the wall songs that change direction more often than Richard Hammond in a jet car.
Here you find a macabre gathering of lyrics that somehow gel to form a commentary of disasters (often sounding like disastercore news reporting live from the event), which otherwise presents a sobering and evocative insight into some of histories most incredibly deplorable events and it’s certainly worth reading the lyrics - you will really learn something. It’s inevitable then that these songs mirror (in musical form) Python’s Batley Townswomen's Guild's re-enactment of 'The Battle of Pearl Harbour' with the vocals substituting a sort of screeching, screaming, shouting, storytelling, Reta Fairbanks sort of role (whatever you do don’t click this link) and as such mark a clandestine milestone in cerebral evolution.
This is an album for those who hunger after something a little different to the normal rock dirge, for there's very little evidence of conventional song structures or musical scales, however they do turn in the occasional killer riff that creates a mighty micro groove with almost a semblance of shape for just very short periods before dissembling back to the more normal chaos. You need to get to know this album intimately and like a bad case of ivy it will grow all over you, and once it does you will never get rid of it!
(15th March, 2008)