Wild Crush by Archie Bronson Outfit

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Wild Crush by Archie Bronson Outfit
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9/10 Mike 15 May 2014
Much like the latest Dan Sartain album, this newie from the indie rock journeymen Archie Bronson Outfit starts with a bang, opener 'Two Doves on a Lake' packing quite a kick with some dirty wah guitar, heavy and primitive MC5-meets-krautrock riffing, squealing baritone sax and enthusiastically bleated Hawkwind-esque vocals. It's a killer opening number, and not what I was expecting at all. I've heard a few of this band's records before, and seen them too, and always been left thinking "that was alright".   There's never been anything wrong with the Archie Bronson Outfit. They've always had tunes, and perfectly decent ones too, their vocals don't make me cringe like so many indie rock singers do, they have a nice thick guitar sound that reminds me of the '90s, but I struggle to connect with them. I admire them as I would a finely bevelled spiral banister or Cass McCombs; craftsmanship I can't deny even though it hasn't necessarily grabbed me emotionally.   On this album, to their credit, even the more pedestrian tracks are tempered with weird textures, particularly from whichever psychedelic craftsman is on lead guitar duties. Is that Archie too? I think what I like about this album is that it seems quite loose and indisciplined compared to their previous work, with a Flaming Lips-ish freeness to the songwriting, a fair bit of genre-jumping and liberal splashes of sax that really open up the sound. 'Lori From the Outer Reaches' is like the Cherry Thing's 'Dream Baby Dream' cover crossed with Laurie Anderson and the Flaming Lips, but then that's followed by the gritty '70s riffing of 'Cluster Up and Hover'. 'Hunch Your Body, Love Somebody' is a triumph too, like a Talking Heads song delivered with the unhinged abandon of the Birthday Party. There's an impressive amount of dirty noise-rock guitar squeezed onto this album, even on some of the quiet songs.   I wasn't expecting a lot here, but 'Wild Crush' is actually a blast. The kind of album the Arcade Fire might be making now if they'd focused on having fun rather than vanishing up their own ambitions. I'm pleasantly surprised, so if you're already a fan of this outfit I expect you'll be ecstatic.



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