Our album of the week (4th February 2011)
Truth Cult proudly presents another whirlwind recording for the Bletchley boys Action Beat, with the follow up to their debut The Noise Band From Bletchley. Like its predecessor, Beatings was recorded at Southern Studios in just two days and this time with at least seven musicians, which is evident in the sheer verve and potency of the album. It would be an understatement to say the boys have lost none of their energy in the recording process. They have taken their perfected improvised noise formula, driven by magnetic interlocking guitar harmonies, pummelling drums and crashing symbols and ramped it up a notch, or three. As with their first album, their musical influences such as The Ex and Sonic Youth are still proudly on display, particularly on the songs "Solgunn" and "Bergen to Bletchley". Some of the other album tracks you may recognise if you have caught them at one of their umpteen live shows recently but Action Beat also pull out some original 'never-been-played-before' material, including the track "Daddy Why?" which builds upon the Krautrock-mantra of some of their older material and for the first time ever, utilises fitting male vocals (provided by House Of John Player). This is the sound of a band maturing. But fear not, for if it was Action Beat's boisterousness that you always admired, that is still very prominent in the artwork. True to form Action Beat have once again won the title of 'touring machines' as they set out on the road again and play out the new material from September to what seems like forever. Their mammoth touring schedule predominantly takes them to the Continent but not before a whistle-stop tour of the UK. First pressing of the vinyl is 180 gm, gatefold sleeved..500 only..of which we have 200 for UK sales only, and with the obligatory DL code too!. First pressing of the CD is limited to 500, comes with a bonus cd of 12 tracks not available anywhere else, nicely packaged in a deluxe gatefold cardboard / LP styled sleeve.
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