Sons Of Noel And Adrian are one of Brighton’s largest (thirteen down to nine members on this record) and most interesting bands, playing a kind of jazz-rock that has absorbed the flavours of various avant-gardes. Double drums, ghostly vocals, Al Strachan’s trumpet and stacks of other elements are present on Turquoise Purple Pink. LP release on Willkommen.
8/10 Clinton Staff review, 30 November 2016
Irritating Record Shop Annoyance part 342: I lost this record in the stock room this morning much to Phil's annoyance but that's what happens when the band call themselves by a different name (SONNA) on the album sleeve. Shit gets filed under SONNA.
However they aren't called SONNA they are called Sons of Noel and Adrian and they play music that is if anything more complex than their name(s). They play a form of twisting mathy post rock that draws on progressive influences without sounding up it's own rear. The band have recently stripped back from a thirteen piece to a nine piece (if I attend a concert with them as the latter I shall be asking for my money back). The opening 'Perses' exemplifies though what a great live band I'm sure they are. What starts out as twisty emo with shouty vocals soon transforms itself into a kind of call and response end section with horns battling with the duelled guitars for ascendancy. Both are beaten by what I'd only call a horrible sound. A kind of waspy synth that surely in another life must have been used only to inflict pain.
They are grandiose this lot. 'So Obscene' has the orchestral churnings of post rockers such as His Name is Calla and inject a kind of operating ying and yang female voice. They have moments of being relatively straightforward and it's on these moments such as the title track where you can see them as spot on supports for These New Puritans. They can't help but rough things up with some churning guitar histrionics but it's on the Phillip Glass- like coda where things really take flight as the band marry those staccato horns with the dynamic of a real life sweating rock band.
They remind me of quite a few people but most notably the Bristol collective Soeza. They are hard work at times and don't stay still for long. This music might be best viewed live than on record but it's damn inventive and that's enough for me.
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