|My Uncle The Wolf - 'Flush' (Cargo Records)|
|Written by Nev Brooks|
|Sunday, 13 June 2010 06:00|
Do you know that sometimes you can be drawn to something by the packaging? As I was to this album (good marketing image boys) but then, when you are drawn to something it has to live up to pretty high expectations.
The band was formed in 2005 and has released one prior album 'My Uncle The Wolf' and one prior EP 'The King's Ransom'. They comprise of Zac Brown (vocals), Georges The Wolf (guitar), Joey Debbs (drums) with J on bass.
Getting into it, the LP begins with a Sabbath style opening track, 'Longer Than A Heart Beat', music that wouldn't have been out of place on the first Sabbath album (interest still there) but then you begin to drift and the interest wanes; in fact it waned all the way through to track 8. In the meantime I'm trying to work out what I'm listening to, and thinking Pavement (not quite) Hair and Skin Trading Company (still not quite there), Sonic Youth (no), in between thinking Tricky (Nearly God era) and Nick Cave (vocally). The aforementioned track 8 kicks in, 'Barstow 66', heavy, intense, driving, everything you want in industrial style music.
On research I find that they toured with Ministry in Europe, so do they sound like Ministry (not quite) and I drift off again until track 11, 'Moonshine', and I can finally pin something down (Nick Cave, definitely!!). Overall this isn't a bad album, but it doesn't stand out either, the aforementioned tracks aside and this is the conundrum for me; when the influences come to the fore this album kicks some arse, but when they do their own thing, it becomes watered down. Experiment by all means, but don't be afraid to show where your allegiances come from. Music has been bastardised through all styles but underneath you can pick out where it has come from - let's not change the wheel, let's let it evolve naturally. Worth a listen!!