LaFaro - 'Easy Meat' (Smalltown America) Print E-mail
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Written by Dom Daley   
Thursday, 29 September 2011 05:30

lafaro_coverPost hardcore, eh? Fans of Therapy? and Helmet (who they toured Europe with), eh? 'Easy Meat' kicks off with a sprightly, frantic riff-fest which does what it says on the tin to be fair - 'Full Tilt' it certainly is. Every song here is proceeded with sort of a short introduction type thing but is credited on the track list as a song making the listener think they're in for some hefty value for money. 


'Sucking On Diesel' is very much cut from the same cloth as Therapy? as we get told the story more a narrative than a sung lyric, which is fine, but the music is down and definitely stinking dirty. 'Winger And Chips' is a banging tune, all hypnotic repetitive riff built over some frantic drumming; very addictive when played loud. Once you reach the title track 'Easy Meat' is all over your ears like the bastard child of Motorhead and is a massive joyous racket being kicked up in one's inner canal.

I'm not quite sure why the band have decided to include so many short segues before the serious business of rockin' takes place but the listener (or at least this listener) decides to skip them after first hearing them, but don't let that distract you from enjoying a pretty decent album. Before the album closes you have my favourite track 'Meat Wagon', with a Wildhearts kind of chorus and intro riff or at least that's what it reminded me of, especially the guitars and time changes. To close the album you have the acoustic strum of 'Maudlin' but with a title like that it could only have been this type of building acoustic number, couldn't it? 


In summary I'd have to say I was pleasantly suprised at the quality of this album - a few troughs but they get balanced out with some high highs. Definitely for fans of Therapy? They'll definitely dig LaFaro and their Easy Meat.