on 16 October 2011
Five star reviews are kind of misleading because everybody has different taste in music, and one man's 5-star may be another man's 2-star.
However, I honestly think that if you're into alternative music, then there'll be little disparity in people's views on this album by Exit_International - its just a really excellent collection of songs that'll have you tapping your feet, banging your head and yelping along with the deranged lyrics.
The band is essentially just a rhythm section (two bass players and a drummer) but if that puts you off, disregard it - its just interesting to note how they make such good and interesting songs without anything else.
In short, buy this album because a) its fantastic, b) its cheap, and c) you won't hear much else quite like it. A certainty for many 'Best Of' lists come the end of the year.
on 25 September 2011
After seeing E_I performing live earlier this year, I HAD to get my mitts on this little gem.
A three-piece made up of two bass players and a drummer (yes, NO guitars!), E_I manage to create a sound that is hugely refreshing in a current time where no new music seems to really stand out or push boundaries. Hugely passionate, noisy vocals swarm through the whole album, while the precision drumming and high/low bass accompaniments create a kinda ecstasy that wont cause ill health side-effects (well, i've been alright so far.)
Openers 'Glory Horn' and 'Sex W/Strangers' are the kind of songs you'll get instantly hooked on, while being fortified by huge songs like 'Body Joyrider', 'Lights Out', 'King of the Junkies', 'Blindfolds' and the incredible 'Chainsaw Song'. Black Junk is easily my favourite album of 2011 and if you like a party which is melodic yet massively noisy, you will love it too!
on 6 October 2011
Having purchased this on impulse after seeing they are supporting Ginger (Wildhearts) later this year I am hugely impressed. An excellent debut album which sounds (for those needing some flag posts) like a cross between The Wildheart's Endless Nameless album - incidentally one of my favourite albums of all time - and the hugely unknown Cheese Cake Truck (check out Organ Radio 13 for 4 very impressive tracks by them). Bass heavy riffs (obviously as they have 2 bass guitarists) and thumping drums, the right blend of pure noise and melody. One of those albums that makes you want to grab people you've never met and make them listen to the genius within.
If you like your music on the noisy side, this is a must buy.