LIINES - Stop Start (Reckless Yes) LP / DL 4 May 2018 9 / 10 Review by Amy.
trio LIINEShave gradually built
momentum releasing several tracks since their debut single two years ago making
the release of their debut album 'Stop-Start' a long time coming.The wait was worth it.
outset 'Stop-Start' grabs the listenerby the scruff of the neckand
demands attention, there's no hanging about while they slowly introduce you to
their work, no, it starts like a pistol and doesn't let up. At all. Everything
is immediate, don't even bother trying to catch a breath during this aural
assault as it'll be snatched away from you every time.
to Sleater-Kinney are obvious but there are other references that can be made; Savages, Gang of Four and even PJ Harveyin places. I will, however, admit that 'Stop-Start' is reminiscent of SK's
debutat times, and Zoe's vocals are
akin to Corin's in the sense that they are urgent and demand you listen to what
she's saying, but for me that's where the similarities end...yes they are a 'female'
trio BUT that doesn't (and shouldn't) define them or the music they play - this
band are strong enough to standalone from past influences and probably become
an influence themselves.
The thing I
love most about this album is how raw and abrasive it sounds.One thing LIINES can't be accused of is pretending to be
something they're not - a refreshing
break from all the overly polished albums of late.Everything about this feels authentic,
there's no hiding behind production or layers to build the music up, this is
how they sound, like it or don't - that's your choice, but this is an honest
reflectionof a band doing what they do
best.The musicianship and style of
playing has created this beast of an album that pounds relentlessly- Leila's drums are just what the songs
require - nothing overly complicated but
are enough tomake your bones rattle, Steph's bass is as rugged and muscular as
they come, you can hear every ounce of energy going into hitting each note, and
as if all of that wasn't enough,Zoe's acidic
guitar work gnaws away over the top -
simple and minimalist but very effective, there's no playing for the sake of
filling a gap, every bit is structured and deliberate.
from the album include, well, every track really, though'Find Something'will be stuck in your head for days. 'Stop-Start' is a very solid album which I
can only imagine sounds even better live - I'll be keeping tabs on this band
and I strongly suggest you do too. I guess all that's left for me to say is go
and buy this album on May 4th!
Experimental, electronic musician releases his new
Make no mistake, this is a remarkable album.This is an album that is steeped in such
incredible feeling and passion that it should leave an indelible mark on
everyone that takes time to listen to it.Newport born, Sheer Zed has come up trumps with Do Not Submit To The Control
Claw and, if either ambient, experimental, drone, meditative or trance are your
bag then this is an album that you will adore.
Opening with the title track, the album (that feels like it
has been recorded in a huge echoing warehouse) begins on subtle, calming tones
for over two minutes as a gorgeous, floating beginning eases the listener
in.Soon after, sounds of trance start
to emerge with percussion patter and potentially screaming interludes.It marks the entrance of a giant being,
undoubtedly the Control Claw, as it struts its influence over everything in its
path.As gently as it came, it then
Spirit Sensei’s Guiding Light rattles the cage somewhat,
from the opening bass gurgle to the paced percussion which echoes wonderfully
against the eclectic background.It
stomps and marks its ground as the Claw establishes the pecking order against
its prey.It breathes and paces its
territory with confident assurance.
The percussion led Magick Square Defense adds an almost
far-Eastern feel and provided an exciting taster when the album was announced.It loops over several sounds and the constant
reverb, which is maintained throughout the album, adds suspense and intrigue.It’s certainly not an album for the fainthearted
as it effortlessly moves from calm to energy at the drop of a hat.The Hypnogogic Encryption Of Star Systems is incredible
over eleven minutes as it hypnotises and thrills.A mid-section of increased pace sets the
heart pounding before it ceases its tease and relaxes once more.
Deus Ex Machina (For DIL23) sounds like an engine steam room
of massive proportion perhaps fuelling the Claw for one last assault and Slowly
Drifting Into Geometric Space sees a marathon hibernation of enthralling
ambience before the beast finally dies on Destruction Of The Control Claw.
Call this a concept album, call it experimentalism, call it
whatever you will.One thing that it
will certainly be called is outstanding.
John Peel would have loved The Bordellos.He would have loved their unwillingness to
confirm, he would have loved their brutal honesty.He would possibly have repeat played them
like Teenage Kicks or, pulled over into a layby to sob in happiness as he did
with Pearly Dewdrops’ Drops.He would
invite them to the studio to record session upon session and he would sit next
to John Walters aurally orgasming at their sound.
So what is so special about the The Bordellos?In reality there is often nothing special and
that is probably their strong point, they stand out because they are not shiny,
clinical or crystal clear.They stand
out because they are what they are (and what they are needs no excuses).They use emotion and feeling, and that is
surely what music is all about.
There are aggressive melodies fighting to break free from
every track and some may say that they’re anti-music, others echoes of punk –
they may be right, they may be wrong – and that is the real beauty of The Bordellos
with no-one knowing what they are or what they want to be.They evoke memories of adolescence and
growing up into adulthood, wanting to play in a band and make music at any cost
as long as the passion and drive is there.
You might not hear their influences: The Shangri-Las, Scott
Walker, Julian Cope et all, but in the same way that The Beach Boys pushed
boundaries on Pet Sounds, this tribute of sorts sees how much four lads from St
Helens can do the same thing from the other end of the scale.The Bordellos make music like there’s no
tomorrow, song after song after song, always something different around the
There were certain criteria that frontman Brian Bordello
gave the band, all vocals being first take, the songs were freshly written and
never heard by the band before and, tracks completed every Friday night for ten
weeks until the album was ‘finished’.There is tape hiss, there are fumbled fondles, there are tales of romantic
failure and observations as to the fate of Rolf Harris many years before recent
From the feedback induced, subtle yet disturbing sounding
Fading Honey to I May Be Reborn which borders on beautiful and an almost
perfectly crafted song, and the backbiting Dead Friend Don’t Leave Me Hanging
with its attack on the inevitable fall of the music industry, Debt Sounds is a
quite remarkable collection.It’s about
you, me and everyone.