11 January 2013

We Are Knuckle Dragger - Tit For Tat


It is sometimes the strangest places where you find bands.  For me it was when these guys were supporting a band called Marseille, if you are under 20-odd and not from the UK, the guitarist is called Neil Buchanan and he was a kids TV presenter from years ago. So curiosity got me wanting to see what they sounded like (not my cup of tea to be honest, but if you like hard rock.... you could do better). Anyway, these guys were the local support. Which was a very strange choice as in rock terms they are two totally different kettle of fish. But they were really good, I mean just jaw droppingly good.

Coming out of the remains of some local bands who had done some business but folded (cannot truthfully remember the other bands, but I think one of the members used to be in local noise rockers yourcodenameis:milo), these guys specialise in the noisey punky end of the rock spectrum. It is all the with weird time signatures.  The best way to describe it would be  this - they take the off key time signatures from early Biffy Clyro, up the ante on the nuts and shouting, have no slower moments for ballads, make it all about the noise and go from there.

With this album they have not done what some artist do and re-record stuff from their two earlier EP's - Door To Rooms & A B C D E P (both of which are really good). However, the songs here are shorter, sometimes stopping just as they start to get go. Out of the 13 tracks here, one two are above the 2:20 mark - it comes in around the 30 minute mark and just like the EPS, as good as they are it just does not capture what these guys are like live.  Even being produced by Steve Albini it does not come across right.  It is almost as if they went for the noise first and forgot all the other stuff which makes them special and to be frank, one of the best bands to be playing from the North of England these days.

At present, the band is about to record their second album with Ross Robinson (he basically produced lots of nu-metal and industrial stuff in the 90's and 00's).  We can only hope he can do these guys more justice, as all the songs are not here long enough to make enough of an impression to be memorable.  They all start good, but end before they strut, and for that this gets a much lower mark than it could have been. I would recommend getting the first two EPS and also seeing this band live if you get the chance as they are special live, but as a debut this is just a bit disappointing.  They are a really good band, but this does not showcase it in the best light.

5 out of ten - It could have been a bit better


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