Sparrowhawk proudly present the second album by Walthamstow psych dad-rockers Cowboy Flying Saucer (comprising likely lads BK13, Spanna, Johnny Ven and Dave B), whose sound falls somewhere between Happy Mondays, The Fall and Spacemen 3. Named for the dependable hotel chain, Travel Lodge was recorded at The Sickroom in Norfolk.
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What a disgusting racket. This noise/psych/garage/kraut/splurge lot have been around the block a couple of times which means that maybe they remember the 90s and the sort of disgusting avant noise made by people such as Moonshake and Thee Hypnotics. This is one of those records that will be loved by the sort of usually middle aged, usually men who have time on their hands following the passing of Mark E Smith. Indeed No Cover At All and Mushrooms and Leather both sound something like the Fall jamming with Can in King Tubby's studio.
It's an intoxicating blast of dub effects, blooping synths, Jah Wobble bass lines and sorta Mark E Smith vocals. The vocals just stay on the right side of being a MES parody and I think one of the reasons that they work is that they are meshed within some quite extraordinary music. Travelodge Wedding is a kind of acid workout which builds in intensity. It's the sort of thing that in the wrong hands could sound totally ...um is naff still a thing? But the band are extremely inventive in their use of genre splicing to create music that is out there on the edge - always threatening to run completely out of control.
The fact that the tiresome Fat White Family are lauded and this band until today were unknown to me makes me almost want to give up on life altogether. I'd envisage that if John Peel were alive today this is the record that he'd be regularly playing. A fantastic brew.
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