Wednesday, December 21, 2011

STN Albums Of The Year no.10: The Victorian English Gentlemens Club - Bag Of Meat

Having emerged as art schooled Pixies acolytes, TVEGC are increasingly intent on bringing the whole wiry trio edifice down with them. Unlike most bands who cite Wire as inspirations Bag Of Meat sounds like the processed electric shocks that band's first three albums progressed towards. The bass sounds alone could power small villages, so when coupled with treated, demented guitar sounds that whip from metallic riffage to wobbly precision and Adam and Louise often not so much duetting as holding each other by the collar in manaiacal glee daring the other to give way first, sometimes it sounds positively evil. Recalling a whole heap of post-punk bands who preferred sonic abandon to disco hi-hats (Pere Ubu, the No Wave Scene), it's the disjointedness that makes it spin together, the wholehearted abandon to the forces of the wild-eyed. Also, there's a song about this.


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