Saturday, 31 July 2010



It takes a certain person of a certain demeanour to spew out such a frenzied delivery of bouncing clean expletives.  As a result you cannot help but connect immediately with such abandon.  And this comes from a person that apparently suffers from abandonment issues according to a certain Californian lesbian.  Unlike Mclusky I like this band.  Whereas the Grange Hill felt like a lot of hot air about nothing, this band feels realised and accomplished.  Their sound is rounded and for once a UK band actually manages to tap into and achieve the noisy guitar sound that generally only US indie rock bands can muster.  British bands that sound like this never make it but at least Future Of The Left is giving it a bloody good attempt.

The album opens in frenetic fashion that reminds of Drive Like Jehu before the fuzzy intensity of offensive bass playing adds a rare weapon to the band’s armoury, an element seldom seen in the genre.  By this stage the order of the day feels very much that of Girls Against Boys.

This record pulsates like a well oiled machine.

For track 3 they display the wacky side of dark humour with “The Hope That House Built”.  It’s a plodding number that exhibits a set of vocals and sensibilities akin to Jello Biafra.  Whether that is what’s need at this time is another question but certainly its relatively unique to this outfit.  And ultimately tracks championing a “hopeless cause” will always be something to appeal to a certain demographic.

Future Of The Left is a band that offers a surprising variety of sounds even if their influence and origins are relatively obvious and clear.  For example on “Land Of My Formers” the opening baseline is clearly that of The Jesus Lizard and that is a tremendous thing.

The pick of the onslaught are the tracks “I Am Civil Service” and “You Need Satan More Than He Needs You”.  In the first instance the band is positively charging in a most effective manner crushing the head of the listener with hard guitars lines and equally tough lyrics such as “if I eat what I fuck and if I fuck what I eat, am I worthy?” all in the style of great lost UK bands such as Ligament and Macrocosmica.  Then the latter track is one long crazed pounding rant more robotic than rock.  It’s a truly horrific interlude.

The variety maintains with the garage rock of “Stand By Your Manatee” followed by the wholesale lift of “Saints” by The Breeders on “Yin / Post Yin” (a very Fall song title in itself).

“Drink Nike” is fun anti accepted convention slam that expresses a sarcastic confusion and half hearted dismay towards people and an attitude that will never change.  Its nailing their flag to the mast of the alternative nation but is there enough for it?

If Future Of The Left are someone’s favourite band that’s great.

Thesaurus moment: other.

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