Meat House by Death PedalsRelease date: November 14, 2016
Label: Hominid Sounds / Rip This Joint Records
It’s that time of the year again where the days get gradually shorter and darker, where people start to cheat with their advent calendars and where the freezing cold is apparently an excuse to start drinking that horrible mulled wine again, which is thankfully only coming out of the cupboards in December.
This is also the time of the year where music outlets start to think about their inevitable End of the Year lists. This is a process that causes stress in a lot of writers. The average writer will have listened to more than the 20 releases that are required to make up the list and the stress usually comes from the fact that you’re not really sure about the releases that are going to be included in your list, or what the ultimate “Record of the Year” is. For weeks I was sure about my top 5 and I had a good idea about the remaining 15 titles to complete my top 20 for this year. But then I finally got around to listen to my vinyl copy of Meat House by Death Pedals, and this is making things very difficult indeed.
I am not usually one to include punk records in my top 20 list. It’s not that I don’t like punk as a musical genre, no quite the contrary, I do like a good punk record, but they usually don’t get repeated listens, and I usually enjoy seeing a punk band live more than listening to the record. But Death Pedals are not simply a punk band. What labels them as punk is the sheer power, up tempo rhythms and energy they bring to their music. Add to this a thick layer of noise rock and even some psychedelia and you have a sound that ticks a lot of my boxes.
The whole album just thunders by over 10 tracks which barely hit the 3 minutes mark. By the time you listened to the final track ‘Egon Seymour Hoskins’, you’re asking yourself what the hell just happened and you just have to press play again to experience it all over again. At least that’s what happened to me, not once but a good number of times.
I’m not going to give you the whole track by track analysis of Meat House as there’s no point. Every track on this release is an absolute highlight. So without further ado, get yourself onto this fantastic slab of beefed up high energy power rock. But please don’t start complaining to me when I just screwed up your Album of the Year list.