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- Cannibal Work Ethic by The Truth About Frank
6/10 Dave Staff review, 30 June 2011
Musical "hi-jinks" and experimental "japery" from Leeds's own pigeon fanciers(?) The Truth About Frank. These yokels have been tearing up the rule book for some time now, and this latest release, the lovingly named "Cannibal Work Ethic" is no exception. Its 8 tracks take you on a mysterious musical journey, where the only bastion in the sea of darkness is a lurid cover/sleeve. Oh shiittt. When I first looked at this record I thought it was gonna be an easy to review comedy indie rock record, a la "F***ing Hell..Its Fred Titmus." I wasn't prepared to be dragged into a druggy realm where scary children's voices are telling you to do something unpleasant and full on sonic assault is part and parcel. Yikes. The record starts gently enough, with looped synth lines and noise manipulation. By the time it has ended this record will make you cry your little arses in sheer terror. It's the kind of terror that is the most uncomfortable. The kind of terror that gets inside your mind rather than running up and shouting "BOO!!" into your face. The type of terror that makes ducks lay eggs. The sound manipulation side to this record is quite loud and threatens to spill out all over your face. The songs have no definite structure and the live instruments fall over themselves to get out of the way. It repetitive, ambient and sometimes unforgiving. Its an uncompromising listen that delivers the goods with a sack of extreme noise and a smidgen of northern humour. I thought Yorkshire people ate pie and peas and listened to The Grimethorpe Colliery Band, turns out they eat homeless people's flesh and listen to the sound of Satan rogering Pete Sampras in a barrel...lovely stuff...
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