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I saw these guys play live a coupla years ago at a festival in Leeds and they were the highlight of the day for me. A year or 2 later they’re signed to Brew Records of Leeds who specialise in the noisy muthas of Leeds and here’s their debut ellpee.
Lo and behold, it does go some way of capturing the spirit they possess when they play live. They’re a dirty old bunch making a sleazy ole sound. It’d be hard not to mention Jesus Lizard when reviewing this band as they’re clearly the biggest influence here. It’s all there.... the demented Yow-esque vocals, massive lollopping drums, chuggy bass and the guitar isn’t a million miles away from Duane Denison’s visceral licks. Fans of the 90’s Chicago rock scene will love this as it embodies that scene pretty well, though really if you only ever liked The Jesus Lizard you’ll more than likely appreciate this as it’s pretty much the spit of ‘em.
So to recap there’s slow syncopated beats with chuggy bass, deranged vocals and nice guitar riffage. Red vinyl as well!
9/10 Steven Customer review, 18th July 2013
Blacklisters are a band from Leeds very much into noise rock the way it was played in the 90’s. This is their debut album and it is filled with heavy riffs, sharp guitars, dirty bass, powerful drums and the one thing I am missing in most other bands of that kind: a singer that is very much able to yell. Once I played the fabulous song Nice Garden at a noisy venue and several people asked me what Jesus Lizard song this was. The similarities are quite obvious; yet, Blacklisters aren’t just a bad copy of what they must have been listening to over and over again before writing these songs. The album is full of joy and very entertaining. It’s fast and it’s slow, it’s straightforward and it’s chaotic, it’s loud and well, it’s not really quiet.
But it for sure is a real pleasure to listen to this and it is a shame that the excellent Brew label recently had to shut down. Blacklisters are a perfect example of how much fun noise rock can be. Everything about this record is close to perfection even though (or probably because) perfection seems to be the last thing the band had in mind when recording this. I have the feeling they were all about enjoying themselves instead. In case you like this kind of music (and if you read this far you presumably do) I suggest you just grab a copy of this as long as you still can. The vinyl is already sold out at the source, for a reason. If you don’t like this music you should get one anyway and reconsider.
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