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Whats in the box?,
This review is from: The Repulsion Box (Audio CD)
For some reason the first band I thought of when listening to The Repulsion Box for the first time was the Violent Femmes. It's not a natural comparison I'll admit. Gothic hill billy wired Americana, and contemporary Scottish angular new wave darlings. But both bands share a spiky energy, a quivering tension implicit in every chord, as if they are merely second's way from exploding in ferocious rage. Murderous intent seems imbedded in between every note.
One big difference is the vocalists. Sons And Daughters have in Adele Bethel, a versatile vocalist who can slow things down coquettishly or festinate with bestial verve. Musically the Glasgow band are no where near as dynamic relying on rangy thickets of guitar, but they have a better instinctive understanding of rhythm and use backing vocals to add intensity and vigour to the melodies. Anyway enough with the Femmes comparisons this band deserve to be judged on their own terms.
Highlights include the feisty galloping opener "Medicine", the off kilter perambulating "Red Reciever",and the twitchily melodic "Dance Me In " but every song has some delicious delight to offer. From the way the carefully picked chords of "Choked" suddenly explode into a firestorm of tremulous apprehension or the simple head bobbing arrangement of "Taste The Last Girl" to the sardonically gleeful acid spite of the anthemic "Monsters" this is an album of enjoyable songs with enough added bite and dry malevolence to appeal to any one with a bitter thirst for off kilter rock thrills.