Throw Down Bones are a fresh new coldwave duo with a harsh industrial edge to them, and this self-titled record is their debut full-length. It isn’t only cold synthesisers they use however: there is a notable bass guitar heft to the sound, and you sure can shuffle to this. CD and vinyl on Fuzz Club.
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So went my intro into the world of Throw Down Bones a coldwave duo who have already played at the prestigious Liverpool psych fest. From the grimy effects laden opener ‘Exposure’ this is my kind of psych. No twiddling. The title is not the only thing that could have been written by Joy Division. The music too has that eerie rain-lashed late-night-in-the-industrial-estate feel, the only thing missing is the man with the low voice hollering atop. Instead they add a duo of organ and sweet guitar to provide the melodic counterbalance whilst the rhythm track remains as tight cad an owl beneath. On ‘Our Home, the Holy Mountain’ I still think I’m lost somewhere on the A side of ‘Unknown Pleasures’ with melodic bass driving the track along and being the steadying force for all the atmospheric effects.
They remain tight and taut only beginning to loosen up a little on ‘Emitters’ but even here they rein in the psych excess despite allowing themselves a few moog like sounds and closer ‘It’s All Around Us’ kind of sounds like an early Kraftwerk with a great repetitive pulse overlaid with sweet guitars. . They are best though when coming across like some kind of Joy Division, Mogwai, Neu hybrid on the excellent ’Saturator’. Great atmospheric dark metronomic psych.
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