|We'll Go Machete - 'Six Plus Ten' (Stressed Sumo Records)|
|Written by Ian Bell|
|Friday, 27 April 2012 04:00|
We'll Go Machete call Austin, Texas home and play in the style of '90s post hardcore rock. 'Six Plus Ten' is the six tracks found on the 2009 self titled EP and starts with the ten tracks from last year's 'Strong Drunk Hands' album, released on Stressed Sumo Records in the UK as run by Neil Cooper of Therapy? fame.
This is a band from the school of Drive Like Jehu, Fugazi, Jesus Lizard and if looking for a more modern day reference possibly At The Drive-In. This is a noisy collection of songs with shouty vocals fighting their way out of the murky and back to basics solid, chugging garage rock sounds that, with some minor surgery, could change from hardcore into a more Pixies vibe, or with a major face lift, with banks of prog infested keyboards, even Muse.
There is a constant that we can all appreciate throughout the album and that is massive riffs; songs such as 'DM Barringer' ride along on the wave of the guitar riff even if a little repetitive and Paul Warner's vocals aren't that far removed from The Offspring's Dexter Holland and when there is a lean to vocals as opposed to shouts the songs are the better for it.
Pulling the album and EP on to one disc may make it a little too long as it is not an easy listen and takes a number of listens before it starts to settle on the senses. It is almost arty in feel where you know and appreciate the skills and that it probably has something deep and meaningful to say somewhere but it's not overly memorable or offering much new away from the previously mentioned influences, and will probably at best gain cult status, but then I think they would just be happy with that as that's punk rock, innit?
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