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Blistering First Album
on 21 July 2014
Ok, so this is a review not written by one of their mates, and hopefully that makes some sense...
I love this album and, like others have said elsewhere, it kind of defies genre - though the influences are clear enough. Rap, dance, hip-hop, but tweaked into something unique. The beats are driving, the voices - either cutting across one another or singing the same tune together - are impassioned. But it's the synth stuff going on that is often so weird and disturbing. Discordant, slightly out of key, scratchy like old records, or those synthesizers of the seventies that wouldn't stay in tune. And the whole lot works together like a dream.
No Way - the first track, is a blistering opener. Fast, loud, menacing, with a hard thumping chorus. Get Up is amazingly dancy. This is War, Hangman, Low are quieter, but no less disturbing - and not least because of the lyrics which are dark and weird and oddly memorable. 'The guide dog walking behind ya, Still on a leash.' 'Don't shoot the messenger, shoot the messenger's mother'...
I just saw them at Latitude. I wasn't sure they could equal the sound of the album live. They bettered it. For my money, the best act of the weekend - though sadly just about everyone under 20 seemed to prefer Lily Allen and the imo over-rated George Ezra. It suggests that Young Fathers might be a bit too hard niche to go huge. Odd thing, taste.