Dutch psych-rock scuzzers Radar Men from the Moon descend from their lunar abode for supplies and to collaborate with Portuguese men o’ drone 10,000 Russos. This is all at the invitation of the splendidly-named Fuzz Club label. The result sounds like a huge car repairs warehouse on a busy day. Great EQ on the drums on this one.
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Yes, here it is: the last psych rock record we’ll ever sell. Or just the next one. RMFTM, also known as thee Radar Men From the Moon, team up with the equally well-named 10, 000 Russos for a record of lost-in-the-woods psychedelia. In fact from the first few minutes of listening you’ll feel like you’re listening to a Fuzz Club record straight out of the catacombs, such is the pitch black darkness this record lives in.
It seethes and absolutely does not soothe, the whole record coming about as if the cult that appear in the plot twist of Paranormal Activity 3 had started a noise rock band. The A-side is a ritualistic churn of guitars, kept together by the kind of strangely alluring drumbeat you get when a frontman unexpectedly starts introducing his band in the middle of a song. The result is something both nauseating and hooking, the torrid drone revelling in itself, leeching life so that it can keep living its own. Only as the A-side blows out do we get the usual delivery of psychedelic guitar noodling and hypnosis rock.
On the flip things are lighter, but tonally, there’s a symmetry: the production is muggy, suffocating anything that tries to mix with it, and the noises are visceral, offsetting the rhythms that perpetuate around them. In being that bit quieter, and that bit more compact, it actually becomes a harsher listen, your attempts at keeping a reasonable distance quite futile. As it dies out, another psychedelic outro does the business.
The bands thank “the primitive impulses that govern us” for this record. Sounds about right, and incidentally, I have absolutely no interest in hanging out with any of them.
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