Headshrinkers: Interrobang – single review

Headshrinkers: Interrobang  Out Now Headshrinkers, the Midlands merchants of moody anthemic rock, serve up another spoonful of coal-black brilliance. Sam Lambeth reviews. Headshrinkers have been on a mission since last November. Their previous singles have been abrasive, aggressive and agitated, built around brutal rhythms and a vibrant post-punk energy. The message has been very clear […] The post Headshrinkers: Interrobang – single review appeared first on Louder Than War.

Headshrinkers: Interrobang – single review

Headshrinkers: Interrobang 

Out Now

Headshrinkers, the Midlands merchants of moody anthemic rock, serve up another spoonful of coal-black brilliance. Sam Lambeth reviews.

Headshrinkers have been on a mission since last November. Their previous singles have been abrasive, aggressive and agitated, built around brutal rhythms and a vibrant post-punk energy. The message has been very clear – the melodic majesty of Where She Plays is dead. It’s fair to say that it has been a successful rebirth. Their last single, Haggard Muggins, was a bile-riddled blast against toxic masculinity. It has helped establish Headshrinkers as one of the UK’s most exciting and thrilling bands.

Interrobang is another taster from their forthcoming EP, the brilliantly titled Doorway Conversations. It’s an ode to singer Garran’s girlfriend, a song of change and a song of trust. It bounces, it blasts and it broods. It takes everything that Headshrinkers have learned up to this point and ties up every thread. It’s catchy and creative, its chorus seeping into your brain before the potency of Garran’s words can resonate.

With tour dates in London and Manchester coming up (as well as a slot at Truck Festival), Headshrinkers’ future burns as brightly as their bruising melodies. They’re back. Back with an interrobang.

Headshrinkers are on Facebook and Twitter.

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All words by Sam Lambeth. Sam is a Birmingham-based journalist and musician. More of his work for Louder Than War is available on his archive. His music can be found on Spotify.

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Pink Drone: Modernism – album review

Pink Drone – Modernism (Hip Slang Records) Limited Edition Vinyl / CD / DL Out now  BUY HERE Pink Drone have just released their second album, Modernism, on Hip Slang Records, following on from last years Fluxus. Featuring 11 tracks, Modernism was recorded by Mancunian born multi-instrumentalist John Rose between January and March in Ledbury […] The post Pink Drone: Modernism – album review appeared first on Louder Than War.

Pink Drone: Modernism – album review

Pink Drone – Modernism

(Hip Slang Records)

Limited Edition Vinyl / CD / DL

Out now 

BUY HERE

Pink Drone have just released their second album, Modernism, on Hip Slang Records, following on from last years Fluxus.

Featuring 11 tracks, Modernism was recorded by Mancunian born multi-instrumentalist John Rose between January and March in Ledbury this year. Anyone listening to this ‘of a certain age’ should instantly be able to tell a lot about John’s childhood viewing and listening habits. After a couple of listens I’m taken back to 70’s and 80’s school programmes; Tomorrow’s World and the BBC Sound Effects album series.

I put this to John and he agreed, “that’s the sound I was going for! It’s a whole range of influences as usual and primitive equipment with guitar effects. The Krautrock motorik 4/4 beat on tracks like Catalyst, Antenna and Düsseldorf; Underworld on Disorder; mutant Doctor Who theme on Iso; Young Marble Giants on Parachute and Metal Box era PIL on Somnambulist.”

Somnambulist (meaning a sleepwalker, I had to Google it so hopefully have saved you a job) was the first piece released to promote Modernism along with a slightly surreal and unnerving video. “The video was filmed inside the partially abandoned Barrett Browning Building in Ledbury late at night with its creepy dark corners, decaying walls, spider webs and the spooky cellar, attic and grand staircase. We wanted to evoke an air of mystery with shadows, odd camera angles, projected effects and a strobe light, influenced by films like The Cabinet of Dr Caligari, Carnival of Souls and early Bauhaus videos, no one seems to be making videos like that anymore with that element of theatre!”

As mentioned, this track is also very PIL influenced, and probably my favourite track. John explains, “it was one of the last tracks recorded for the album and was kind of the missing piece I needed. It began with the repetitive bassline and I wanted it to sound something like Metal Box era PIL and Ghost Town by The Specials. I added the spooky synth, which was an accident really as the track on the recording desk was partially broken and created that eerie sound. The guitar bits were added very spontaneously, the track seemingly taking on a life of its own.”

With Modernism, John has expanded the Pink Drone sound, even bringing in his partner, Jeanette McCulloch, on the track Parachute. I asked him how this had come about, “Jeanette, who is also an artist, wanted to collaborate on a song, kind of with the minimalist feel of Young Marble Giants, who she loves and introduced me to many years ago. I had the tune first and then Jeanette wrote down some poetic lyrics on a notepad. After I added a couple of lines and before you know it we had the song. Just a very simple melody with a vintage synth and guitar. It has that kind of dreamlike imagery of walking out in the countryside and escapism, letting your mind wander.”

Whilst there are clearly several influences and echoes of the past in Pink Drone’s music, it sounds contemporary and fresh. As with the Fluxus, it really does reward repeat listening as it’s easy to get lost in its soundtrack-ish nature.

Pink Drone

 

For more information on Pink Drone visit Bandcamp, Facebook, or Under The Wires.

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All words by Iain Key. See his Author Profile here author’s archive or on Twitter as @iainkey.

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