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- End Of The Road by Tenebrous Liar
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Snapper to the stars Steve Gullick’s music band Tenebrous Liar have been slogging away for years now on the thankless indie rock treadmill, and they’re back to prove they’re gluttons for punishment with a new LP, limited to just 100 copies, and I have to say that I’m enjoying it more than anything I’ve heard from the band previously.
The arrangements are lean but noisy, with guitarist Daniel Glendining conjuring strangled, stuttering, growling noise from his axe like the best of the late ‘90s Chicago bunch crossed with Gallon Drunk, saving the mid-paced chug of the songs from falling into any bland pub-rock pitfalls. I’m less convinced when they take things down a notch for some breathy Lanegan/Kozelek/Cave/Pearson-style spooky crooning, but in ‘Run Run Run’ even this builds into an unexpected Cave-style kraut-psych jam which is totally enjoyable. If only that was the only time it happened...the sub Afghan Whigs ballad which follows it is less impressive.
They’re not reinventing the wheel here but this is knowing and tight grungey rock with nods to britpop, noise rock, lo-fi, garage, kraut and psychedelia which in its best moments delivers a joyous Heads-like nihilism.
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