All Your Sisters are proudly in love with a certain part of the 1980’s when industrially-vibed post-punk was all the rage. Their second album Uncomfortable Skin nails that particular sound with stern drum machines, obscured vocals and Cureish guitars. Lots of shadowy swagger, released by the deliberately dark Flenser label.
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There is a track on here that is near perfect which makes it almost doubly disappointing that I can't find anything here I enjoy as much. I may have written before about hearing a song in 1982 that I never found out what it was. It sounded.... just like this - terrifying guitars, drum machine that eerie sense of lurking doom that post punk bands excelled at.
All Your Sisters leader Jordan Morrison knows all about bad things having driven an ambulance for a living and with this band he seems to take all the horrible things that he saw and somehow transfer them to a musical vision that is at once blustery and scary. The track in question 'Open Wide' promises much that the band fitfully try to live up to throughout the rest of the LP. Inspiration never quite flowers in the same way but tracks like 'Loss' seem to marry doomy metal type vocals with gothy early '80s post punk where there are nods to Depeche Mode but also Bauhaus.
Lots of San Fran area bands seem to have this sound despite their weather conditions,. You can imagine music like this coming out of Manchester but not the sunny West Coast of America. The band are occasionally preposterous but do better on tracks where they strip things back a bit more although 'Shame' sits somewhere between the Cult and that moment Joy Division turned into New Order.
Overall I'm left a bit disappointed but 'Open Wide' proves there is something magical here, it's just that across the rest of the LP they seem to slather on the effects too much. Probably good at a live show but on record a bit of space is nice.
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