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The press release for ‘Finding Meaning In Deference’ is a bit of a downer as it announces the split of The Mallard, a band that, in my opinion had a lot of potential. Fortunately ‘Finding Meaning In Deference’ is an outstanding swan song that sees Greer McGettrick and Co. (I have no idea who is currently playing the group) making the kind of record I’m sure we all wish we were capable of producing.
It’s a masterclass in songwriting underpinned with a brutal almost unbearable tension. Skeletal rhythmic arrangements, often taught and wiry are a perfect compliment to McGettrick’s rants and spacial guitar moves, often mirroring Castleface owner John Dwyer’s freestyle wig-outs. Nothing better than having a band you can rely on. You can basically do what you want and here McGattrick tries it all with an almost 100% success rate. Love the budget recording (I won’t call lo-fi. We all record econo nowadays so the phrase is a little redundant), the guitar tones are beautiful, the vocal treatments are crude and inventive in equal measure and everything here, even the bummer tracks, are great.
Part Women, part Thee Oh Sees, part Sleater-Kinney on the rare occasions that they truly shine. The idea that I’ll never see The Mallard seriously bums me out but they’ve left us with two classic records and that’s way more than most. If Savages were anywhere near this good the world would be all the better for it and Matador wouldn’t have pissed a fortune up the wall on nowt.
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