Southampton shoegazers Dead Rabbits (that's Dead Rabbits UK, not to be confused with the metal band from Arizona) release this throwback effort, more than slightly reminiscent of Loop, Spacemen 3, etc. The band themselves describe it as "...the only honest thing you’ll hear in a world full of lies and hate." So probably worth investing in a vinyl copy then.
7/10 Clinton Staff review, 21 September 2016
Thought I’d take a bit of psych rock off Robin before he goes completely mad. In fact my previous review of this band said pretty much the same thing which shows just how things don’t change much in our world and also how quickly new albums by psych rock bands roll around.
I’m also going to say the same thing as last time in that there’s a pleasing lack of the type of wibbly solo-ing that usually puts me off such psych influenced records. Dead Rabbits sit at the shoegaze end of psych with strung out guitars and stoned sounding (almost) Shaun Ryder-like vocals ’neath the haze.
The press release describes this band as ‘exciting’ but I’d tend to disagree, they are fairly languid in. Their songs are at just got out of bed pace, the drummer seems to be half asleep and the guitars seem to have taken a healthy dose of zopiclone but this gives them a very listenable sound that doesn’t challenge but feels pretty nice on the ears. They are indebted to most of the underground music from 1989 such as Spacemen 3, My Bloody Valentine, Slowdive etc but certain tracks such as ‘All Your Little Lies’ have a harder, darker edge as the band turn nasty. This juxtaposes nicely with ‘I Don’t Want To Die Today’ with a lovely downward facing chord sequence that recalls the House of Love on their first record and leads to a pleading vocal sequence and sky scraping chorus.
We shouldn’t dismiss this band just because they are half asleep. They tread a nice line in hazed out memories of shoegaze and should be left alone to do their thing .
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