Rattle are a magical double drums duo, somehow creating memorable, tuneful songs with carefully-schemed drum patterns and some vocals: rhythmic alchemy. Katherine and Theresa play in Kogumaza and Fists respectively, but this has to be their most impressive work. Debut full-length Rattle is out on Upset The Rhythm.
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Since Phil’s the drummer in this office, we’re asking him to review this one via proxy. His thoughts: “it’s drumming”. True. “It’s two people who sound like they’re learning to play the drums competently”. A potential truth. “Is it just drumming?” No. There’s some singing. “A little post-punky”. Wrong. “Like the Slits without any guitars”. Okay.
Actually Rattle is a duo, parts Kogumaza and Fists, using as many drums to create a sort of gentle cacophony -- you’re not getting some Lightning Bolt frenzy for your money, but a sort of quietly repetitive piece that builds and then runs paces. The humming (and occasional modest singing overtop) gives the feel of two enthusiasts playing largely for the fun of it.
If it’s not always engaging, that’s because it’s something of a self-made experiment. Within the sparsity of the singalong moments your brain might start imagining the band that’d fill in this thing with guitar melodies and bass beams, but instead it focuses in on the bare bone repetition. The result is, however you look at it, infectious: the lilting way this record moves from simple beats to heavier stuff gets me tapping along and trying to replicate rhythm. It’s like someone’s released an all-abilities drum workshop as an album.
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