'Carnage Hall' (geddit?) is the debut album from Kaputt the latest DIY act to come out of Glasgow, Scotland. They employ a saxophone but don't let that put you off as they create a sonic maelstrom of post-punk riffs, unusual staccato beats and energetic rhythms. Like a lot of albums in 2019 it tries to make sense of the shambles that is Brexit but is also the sort of body shaker that will allow you to forget the world's troubles for a minute and enjoy the party.
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What is it with modern post-punk bands and saxophones? They bloody love 'em! Kaputt are no strangers to Adolphe Sax's most famous invention. This is one of the reasons 'Carnage Hall' by Kaputt is a very modern sounding record. This brand of skronky post-punk, all yelpy vocals and taut dissonant guitar lines, is the sensation sweeping the nation. The end-of-year lists will show the popularity of bands such as black midi, Black Country, New Road, and Squid.
'Carnage Hall' is a soup of early Fall at their most frenetic, flirtations with free jazz, Gang of Four, and Talking Heads. There are elements of afro-beat, especially on album highlight 'Think About Your Face (While You're Doing It), and Kaputt channel Kate Pierson and Cindy Wilson all over the album. The thing I enjoyed most was the weirder time signatures which were refreshing. The 5/4 rhythms on the title track 'Carnage Hall' are a beautiful thing indeed.
'Carnage Hall' is an occasionally euphoric and intricate exploration of wiry post-punk that somehow feels a little samey in places but stays listenable.
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