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Audio Molotov Cocktail,
This review is from: Rum 'N Brass (Audio CD)
Stig have been threatening to release this album for a year now and it was 18 months in the recording, so it really is a well stewed cocktail. It's had time to age, mature and infuse with all manner of flavours. Past reviews have been spot on ("Rocket From The Crypt beating the Sh*t out of John Barry with a drum machine") and wildly off the mark ("ghosts of Brummie rap act Pop Will Eat Itself").
The elements of Stig are diverse: Mariachi trumpet, drum machine, samples, scratching, theremin, classical strumming and dirty punk guitars that take early sonic youth as year zero.
Standout tracks are the noisy pop rush of Pissed As Art, with it's radio friendly chorus "Let's all take ketamine", Phat ELvis, where the punkfuzz guitar gives way to a string laden waltz and the gently whispered aside "If you've got something to say, You may as well say it, in front of the whole damn class" sending shivers up your spine and the final, elegaic epic For All the Wang, a Miserlou style mexican trumpet festival, slowly drawn out over the final twelve minutes of the album.
In between you have dense stream-of-consciousness lyrics pitted against taught guitars and dense layers of audio. Reference points are many: The surreal Northern lyricism of the Fall, Warp/Rephlex techno stutterings and the punk pop chorus catchiness of the early Sub Pop crew.
So who should buy into Stig? Anyone who hates the wave after wave of pigeonholed NME dross, where haircuts and press agents are more important than originality, indiviuality or talent. Anyone who has a desire to listen to something genuinely fresh and new. Anyone who misses the way John Peel used to play Aphex Twin followed by Spanish bullfighting music. Anyone who believes punk rock means PiL rather than Greenday.
An intoxicating auditory experience, a tequila and ketamine fuelled fiesta, a genuinely special brew.