The Workhouse present their brooding new album Now I Am On Fire, five years after their last full-length effort. Now I Am On Fire is released in both CD and vinyl LP editions, as well as a special combined double format bundle. And all editions come with a big old thirty page booklet. Released by the oscarson label
7/10 Clinton Staff review, 08 March 2017
The Workhouse exist for people like me who remember the glory of glacial '80s bands like Kitchens of Distinction and The Chameleons. They are old and proud. On 'Garage 59' they reference Vauxhall Viva's. Ha! remember those? Them and Spangles.
The Workhouse originally were a post rock type of band - something that still be heard in their glistening guitar rock. But these days peddle a more vocal heavy sound which on 'Garage 59' and especially 'Promised Me Horses' kind of normalises them a bit so that they are less evocative Joy Division clones and more blokes down the pub playing some songs. Their background in creating atmospheres stands them in good stead though. 'A Moment of Clarity' starts unpromisingly in a kind of friendly Bauhaus manner but breaks out into the most lovely guitar break that will have fans of Robin Guthrie, Johnny Marr and Vini Reilly reaching for the buy button.
This is good old fashioned raincoat rock which as I said in a previous review if it were a re-issue I would say sounded amazing for it's era. The Workhouse are creating this music in 2017 yet it still sounds like it comes from a dank Manchester basement in 1983. Sometimes I want a bit more magic sprinkled on the vocal tracks but tunes like 'Adventures in Winter' and the opening 'Bossanova Woodgreen' are near perfect examples of instrumental post rock like a Pell Mell that have swapped the desert for the A23.
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