The elemental coldwave of Lightning Glove caught our attention last year when we heard the spectacular Radical Zoo, and now the band are seeing a reissue of an old record for Tesla, full of further electronic misdemeanours. Raving Peacocks Tail offers the same vibe the band are masters of -- taking Krautrock vibes and eschewing their disciplines for what feels like a long, hopeless jam.
7/10 Laurie Staff review, 19 August 2015
Emblazoned with an array of random bollox from the web is Czech lot Lightning Glove’s 2013 tape Raving Peacocks Tail originally on Tesla. This is on Ono Tesla, a vinylly offshoot of that, also run by the Gnod people (who can’t help but refer to themselves in the press release) and some other people who may also be the same people, Ono. Mastered by a guy from Opal Tapes, so there’s another name.
The release tracks icy passages inside which rhythmic cycles cohabit with loud bass pounds featuring super industrial distant commanding vocals. Very militant stuff here, not only in the brutal scenes depicted on the cover, but also in the air raid sirens and machine gun snares that permeate the tracks here. Even the press release mentions assault, decapitation and a “call to arms” - arming for what? Anyway it’s cold and mean, with the tracks riffing over the same basic groundwork for their duration, chugging along with despairing insistence. Sort of like my brain after 7 reviews. There aren’t too many dimensions in their sound however, all tracks on here following the same formula with only the most minor variation.
Fans of Gnod (obviously), that winter Rail Cables thing, various cold wave stuff will enjoy this.
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