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Having recently been to a live concert I can vouch for the excitement they provide. Certainly more thrilling, if less comfortable, than sitting in front of an electric fire of an evening. White Fence recently rocked San Francisco to its core and there to record it on his trusty Tascam was John Dwyer, leaving us a with a record which retains the 60s psyche oddness of White Fence’s recent Cyclops Reap opus and marries it to the kind of raggedy, punk-like energy of the live experience.
The band are a joyous, noisy, flailing thing. You can almost imagine them staggering around the stage falling into the sweat soaked crowd, the melodies on the point of disintegration, the vocals strained and boisterous. Yet the Syd Barrett-esque melodies shine through the chaos. ‘Chairs in The Dark’ is a particularly successful punt, staggering back and forth like a late night drunk negotiating the stairs of a bus, breaking down to a spindly interlude, like Pink Floyd on toy guitars.
It's a blast. As is the whole album.
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