Heavy heavy Leeds dudes Blacklisters have been coming up for a few years, and are now in a pretty strong position. A perfect position then to launch their second record Adults onto the world. The band are certainly direct, each track grinding and howling into the listener’s consciousness. On Smalltown America.
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7/10 Robin Staff review, 17 September 2015
Leeds is at capacity for noise rock bands right now, considering the queue of Touch & Go loving, feedback touting bands cropping up around the place, be it in pocket scenes like Chunk or on higher planes of esteem where Blacklisters exist. At this point, the vowel-censoring BLKLSTRS have been going for a good seven odd years, and now they’re back with ‘ADULT’, a misanthropic and angular offering that mainly exists so a man can shout. Same as it ever was.
‘ADULT’ is, as ever for Blacklisters, a scheming record, one with little nuggets of build and melody that come apart like pieces trundling out of a jenga tower. “Cash Cow” relents with a bit of pretty guitar residue towards its end, while the band build “Big Ticker” like they’re the Jesus Lizard doing post-rock, a marching drumbeat slowly being torn apart with rancid guitar riffs and their corresponding feedback. Ultimately, though, the best bits are the slow and uncompromising noise grooves, the bits where the clock hand stutters and the guitars stay the same and you could headbang forever. Such is “Weasle Bastard”, whose hardcore-esque title actually acts as a red herring towards a more stilted Shellac piece of punk.
In all honesty, Blacklisters sound like pretty much every Chicago noise band that already existed decades before them, pioneering slow builds, speak-sing screams and precision feedback. But hey: they still go in on this record. It’s real loud, and apparently loudness doesn’t go out of style.
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