The dynasty of Steel City-born artists feels rich and endless. Sievehead are worthy enough to claim part of Sheffield's impressive roster of acts; they represent a burgeoning glut of DIY punk across the North of the UK. Worthless Soul is their sophomore album, and one that will only boost their raw and rumbling ascent.
LP £14.49 SSR051
LP on Static Shock Records, housed in heavyweight reverse board sleeve.
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On the inner sleeve photo they are stood next to a wall of concrete slabs and one of them is smoking. Urrrgh. The grimness of the photo is matched by the music which is a pulverising attack of shouty post-punk with elements of the gruesome twirl of early Killing Joke. They are really shouty so even when they are playing the same kind of high intensity tower block rock as Joy Division on 'Invocation' the band are a much nastier proposition. They sound as if they are about to rip your head clean off.
What the band do successfully is marry the atmospheric gothy rock of the Cure and the Chameleons with the harder approach of the likes of Fugazi and Shellac. This sometimes pays real dividends - singer David Walker's approach to singing as if he's gargled the contents of a tool box ensures that this is an intense unforgiving listen but sometimes I wish they had one great song that would let me in. Parts of this remind me of fantastic Manchester band Dub Sex and a song like their 'Swerve' would give this album a high spot to remember but even without that I've enjoyed being shouted at for half an hour amongst some really loud and tangled guitars.
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