Archie Bronson Outfit is a three-piece, and you can hear it. From the outset, the deceptively pretty-titled 'Butterflies', you never heard three instruments make so much noise. It's like walking between two wooden huts, one containing the loudest, rawest art-rock band on earth, and the other containing a self-seeking, thoroughly miserable street philosopher moaning through an industrial megaphone. Fur opens with a noise like a collapsing shanty-town, and the raw wall of sound does not let up for the entire 37 minutes of this astonishing 10-song debut album. The drums, supplied and supercharged by songwriter Mark Cleveland are a careening, cannonballing march of thumps. The bass, thumbed by singer Dorian, is fuzzy, fat and vibrating. The guitar, wielded like a jawbone by Sam, runs the gamut from sparkling disharmony to rugged, chugging rhythm to delay-soaked shivers of crisp noise. The vocals, laid deep in the mix, are heavily flanged and ruminative - more like a fourth instrument than a vehicle for the lyrics. But what great lyrics they are: a whole volume of Homeric topography. Desolate shorelines, mountains and islands populate these landscapes - vast scenes which shrink and expand with the pulsing music. They complement the playing and production perfectly, repeating refrains of deeply personal, albeit distressed longing: "When the seas were parting/So our house turned to stone" goes one verse of the magnificent centrepiece 'Bloodheat'. "There's no land or sea/That can retain me" goes the half-felt boast in 'The Wheel Rolls On', but it's soon shattered by the refrain, "You can bury yourself if it gets too tense". It's hard to think of similar artists to Archie Bronson Outfit. They're that rare, rare thing - a truly new sound. Fur certainly won't be to eveyone's taste, but the best albums never are. However, if you're looking for a brief, gigantic, furious, all-natural excursion into British art-rock blues, you simply cannot do any better than this.
Recenty saw the Archies supporting Clearlake and the just blew me away, not just blew me away, they were nuclear! Thumping heavily distorted bass contrasted with high pitched, slightly tremulous vocals worked so well it just flowed like lava with tumbling boulders which hit you with force right in the middle. I bought the album right away and it just does not disappoint, on any level...thank goodness the Archies bring an original hard-hitting sound amidst a plethora of wanna-be rock bands who think they have an edge...well these guys are on the edge!
Saw these guys supporting clinic (who by the way i thought were rubbish) The archies deliver a cracking album mixing a fearsome rhythm and gritty vocals, 'Fur' delivers on all the promise offered on early singles 'Islands' and 'Kangaroo Heart' (both featured here). They will be big get in now and impress your mates
By chance I saw the Archie Bronson Outfit live supporting Clinic. I'd not heard them before & was blown away. Awesome album. Dark & dirty blues/rock with wicked twists. Great hooks, totally original, goose-bump vocals & manic drums. I love all the tracks --- like nothing you've ever heard before --- but Bloodheat & Kangaroo Heart are outright faves. I strongly recommend it.
Simply amazing! First heard the album from a friend of mine who knows the band personally and recommended them highly. This is the best album i have heard in a fair while, a great debut! Favourite songs have to be "Butterflies" and "The Wheel Rolls On" but there isn't a single song on this album that is a dissapointment. I highly recommend this album and can honestly say you wont regret it!