Blacklisters – BLKLSTRS
There is no mistaking that you’ve listened to something so full of piss and vinegar; vitriol and angst once the dying notes of ‘Clubfoot by Kasabian’ finish. Blitzkrieg pop by definition this is. This barnstorming opener is a sign of things to come, each track running you over again and again.
Welcome to ‘BLKLSTR’, the Ross Halden produced debut album by the Blacklisters on long time E&D faves, Brew Records. The Leeds band seem to share a lot with their label mates of Hawk Eyes, Kong and fellow Leeds band Pulled Apart by Horses. Their huge riffs which many are drawing comparisons to Jesus Lizard, Shellac & The Melvins, but to be fair though to Blacklisters, on the merits of this album they can stand proudly on their own.
It is Billy Mason-Wood’s vocals and Dante Beesley’s guitars that are a breath of fresh air and the antithesis of the modern vogue for singer songwriters with their parlour guitars and harmonies. It’s the soundtrack to the disaffected angst of Broken Britain. An undercurrent that is bubbling away menacingly.
‘Swords’ is a swaggering riot of grooving bassline riffs clashing with angular guitars, mosh pit inducing drums punctuated by Mason-Woods vexed agitated vocals.
Humour isn’t far off though with songs like ‘OK47’, ‘Ask Yourself a Question If The Answer Is Go Fuck Yourself’ and ‘I Can Confirm That Ruth Abigail Holmes Is Not Dead and Is Planning To Make a Movie About Her Life’. But you still don’t know how safe you are with the bruising guitars used as a weapon and dragging you along for the ride. Riff after percussive riff bludgeoning you in to an idiot smile.
My only minor quibble is that I wish that a lot of the songs lasted less than 3 minutes. This is where Blacklisters have the most impact and relentless pummelling with their hardcore beatings. Saying that it’s only something minor and shouldn’t retract from what is a seriously refreshing enjoyable album. Let the metallic, clashing, raw guitars, primal shouts and pummelling rhythm section rule gloriously this summer!
Released April 30 2012 through Brew Records
Posted by Chris Hughes
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