Doomsquad are not nearly as much of a heavy doom band as their telegraphs. But then this is on Bella Union, so what do you expect? Instead, Pageantry Suite is a record of funkish future-day tropical disco, made with a live band. Plenty of energy flowing here, enough to drive the right crowd into a major frenzy.
8/10 Laurie Staff review, 21 May 2015
Robin doesn’t know what dancing is so he gave me this. For a squad of doom, they’re actually quite fun, making energetic, hazily produced dance-pop that might make Robin’s feet tap if it’s good. Already the word ‘tropical’ has been slapped on it, a word which has become synonymous with ‘tropical indie pop’ douchebaggery, but doesn’t adhere to the same contrived exoticism that bands in such styles do.
Pageantry Suite, out on Bella Union, features heavy use of smooth percussion rolls over a steady 4/4 groove, funky guitar jabs and just the right backdrop of synths, nowhere near being right in yer face which can often result in stinky cheese. Vocal wise, there are two of them - the lad has an unchained snarl and sometimes resorts to reading sermons (‘Apocalypso’ seems appropriately titled), but much better is the lass with sharp stabs of melodic dreaminess, smartly placed. It all sort of reminds me of Django Django or the starry MGMT, vaguely related to indie band vibes but with a strong funky/housy sway. The flip contains instrumentals of the first 2 tracks, which is nice for an anti-words person such as myself. Nice, danceable stuff - now lets see a jig, Robz.
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