Fear of a Black Kennett
Reviewed on Drowned
This is an ace compilation. A benefit album for Love Music Hate Racism,
it's out on R*E*P*E*A*T Records and features a mixture of local bands
already affiliated to R*E*P*E*A*T and some more nationwide names. Most
of the music isn't overtly political, it's just an assortment of mainly
rock bands who wanted to put their names to the cause, and there's a
pleasing lack of gap between the national and local musical quality.
So, I hear you cry, what exactly have we got on here? Well, it veers
from one style to another - kick-ass full-on rock, keyboard theatrics,
gentle wisecracking humour, aching musical melancholy, kicking and screaming
distortion, bile-spitting punk, uplifing epic pop, sample-shot rock...
and to summarise all that would be impossible and would fail to do it
any justice. A compilation with this many tracks on is impossible to
review at any sensible length without utterly failing to do the bands
on it any justice whatsoever. So here for your reading pleasure is a
collection of the reviews already written about the bands on this album(plus
synopses of those who aren't already reviewed on these pages). Which
seems to me to be the only way of getting across the sheer quality of
this compilation with any adequacy. Read, and be impressed. Several
- And They Obey (demo version)
2) Miss Black
America - Drowning By Numbers
T-T - 7 Hearts
4) Neo - Ashleigh
The first FOABK appearance of Neo's dark energetic pop punk intelligence.
5) The Virgin
Suicides - Just As Dead Now (live)
6) The Dawn
Parade - Wider Than The January Skies
- Who's Looking Out For Number One?
8) Kneehigh - Double Down
A poppier blast of music from these guys, reminiscent of Feeder but
without the lyrical idiocy("cd player player player" my ARSE).
9) The Exiles - The Not Gate (Purple Original Mix)
Somewhat definition-defying, this track tears loose from its moorings
and reshapes itself as soon as you think you know where it's coming
from. A shaking up of feedback, harsh noises, unexpected rhythmic antics,
vocal desperation, explosions of distortion and the tune which is without
doubt in there underneath it all. Works for me.
10) We Can
Build You - In and Out
11) King Adora - Born To Lose
Drawling rock flamboyance with soprano harmonies and feedback. Trademark
12) The Dawn Parade - Caffeine Row
Epic, hopeful and just plain wonderful pop with heart as well as soul,
the kind that heads straight for the emotions and twists.
13) Impact - Reaching Out
The most metal track of the album with an action film intro leading
to jerking guitars and garbled vocals in the verse - a textbook moshpit
Cosy - Oh Yeah
15) Antihero - Limb From Limb
The second of two sample-shot rock offerings from Antihero, both of
which seem wired directly to the base of the listener's spine.
Blend - The Shutdown
17) The Virgin Suicides - Little Mannequin (acoustic)
- Die In America
19) Volunteers - Shallow Stuff
Thrash-holler-thrash-holler-thrash-holler-STOP, done with such exuberance
and energy that you can't help loving it. And it lasts less than 90
20) MBA vs Tex La Homa - All I Want Is Out
I've had this track on repeat play for a while now and it still brings
tears to my eyes. A slice of absolutely beautiful, aching meloncholy
Dub Foundation - Black and White