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- Patagonian Rats by Tera Melos
10/10 John Bloor Customer review, 21st October 2010
The first thing that strikes me about the new album “Patagonian Rats” from Tera Melos is that it is full of twiddly guitar riffs. But it’s messy in a wonderful way. The second thing I note is that these are songs, with singing.
The songs suddenly shoot off with crazy guitar runs, like water in a leaky hose, they shoot all over the place, spraying all over the rest of the music. Suddenly jumping form songs which are quite surf / garage in style, with reverby guitar and vocal (and very much of the moment), into some much heavier metal phrases, then changing time signature and firing off some almost jazz sounding noodly bit. It’s very reminiscent of Zappa in places.
It’s all over the place, time-wise, changing speed as quickly in places as some songs change chords but it’s lovely, warm and engaging. You feel like you’re swinging around wildly on the back of this vehicle which is part surf board, part roaring motorbike; on a slightly hazy, totally out-of-control break-neck journey. Sometimes descending into total noise, the electric guitar drives this album to the brink of insanity and back again.
I also forgot to mention, this one is pressed in hideous dark green mottled vinyl. I believe it comes in another horrible colour too! I dare anyone to buy it and not love it.
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