Hurrah! This is, I believe, the first ‘proper label’ album from Vibracathedral Orchestra since they pulled back all the members of the ‘classic’ line-up: Michael Flower, Neil Campbell, Bridget Hayden, Adam Davenport and Julian Bradley. If you’ve seen any of those guys play, solo or together, you’ll know why Rec Blast Motorbike is so exciting. On VHF.
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- Rec Blast Motorbike by Vibracathedral Orchestra
8/10 Robin Staff review, 20 August 2015
Here they are then: the original Vibracathedral Orchestra, all together for maximum weirdo effect, churning their droned noise for VHF. The chances are that the Northerners among you will have seen one or two of the artists responsible for this purdy cacophony doing strange things to an instrument or box of pringles, but collectively they’ve been quiet on the release front for some while. ‘Rec Blast Motorbike’ sees them come back with a record that twists between cosmic psychedelia and raw, door-knocking sound.
While it’s set up to feel like a live experience happening within reach of your arms -- in part because of the physically intimated feedback and raw percussive sound -- ‘Rec Blast Motorbike’ feels to me like a distant trip, evoking old-school riffs that wouldn’t feel out of place on a space rock record. The crew take this fantastical sound and flicker from it to the sounds you might make on the sly every day, like feet stomping on the floor. The orchestra always return to the woozier, ambient configurations they master so well, creating drone that feels similar to Sunburned Hand of the Man or the No Neck Blues Band: busy and bothered, they augment the wall of sound with plenty of percussion and bonus synth blast.
The music of Vibracathedral Orchestra might come from some of the hardiest noisemakers out there, but together they’re able to develop a rather typically gorgeous sound -- their feedback, careering off into wherever heaven and hell hang out, often gets decorated with reverberating riffs, groovy bass, good vibrations. I would like to see them decorate a Christmas tree together.
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