Alternative music reviews

September 16, 2006

Every Weekend by Dun 2 Def

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Dun 2 DefAre you fed up of that music that Americans call punk? You can get all the original energy of English Hardcore Punk with a band from Milton Keynes called Dun 2 Def. This is music with all the blood and thunder a six piece band can punch out. The unusual line up of two singers gives them the ability to add extra vocal punch in a way that Crass sometimes did.

But nostalgia is a big pull, and the affection I hold for The Ruts and Crass mean I can’t step out of my time capsule. This album doesn’t break any barriers or do anything new – but it does do the high-energy guitar thrash and shouting really, really well. In fact, if you were coming to the traditional side of British Punk now you would rate this very highly against bands like The Damned and the whole Oi! demenagementadt movement. In the end, this is great, loud music to wreck your body to.

Dun 2 Def

They’ve Got Nothing On You by Paul Wilkes

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Paul WilkesI seem to be reviewing a lot of stuff that isn’t quite my Indie sort of thing. I might be wrong but I think I did get sent his last EP but didn’t review it.

It sounds like Paul Wilkes is rooted in a mixture of Folk and Pop. It does mean that I will find it hard to make comparisons (was the main man of Prefab Sprout in this sort of area? I never took much notice). But this EP does attract me because of the quietness and gentleness of the songs. Musically there is much similarity with Alt-Country – less of a Country swing but the guitar would grace any of a number of bands of that genre. These are honest songs of the singer/songwriter type. You know they are going to be earnest and heartfelt (why is that so untrendy?) and they are beautifully constructed and played.

As I listen repeatedly to the EP, I realise that this is Americana even if it is played by an Englishman. The slide guitar, the acoustic guitar motifs and harmonica on In The End tell me this. It has all of the elements of music I love and I do admire all of the musicianship and craft that has gone into, but even so, none of the songs speaks to me lyrically. Too much introspection for me and it hasn’t reached out beyond it’s own world despite all of the talent it displays.

Paul Wilkes

From The Shards Of Comets

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From The Shards Of Comets!
I was sorting through the various piles of paper that serve as carpet protection in my room. I came across a CDR that I know I have listened to more than once but must have mislaid it. The one thing that I normally do on Cool Noise differently from other sites is listen over a prolonged time to the music I get sent. So I had better get the listens in now.

From The Shards Of Comets make beautiful, instrumental post-rock music full of atmosphere, layers of subtlety, and power as well. This is not the (predictable) build up to crescendo of God Speed You Black Emperor but is closer to Mogwai’s Happy Songs period.

Postcards To Nowhere is a glorious guitar overloaded piece with a slightly distracting sample of someone talking about a moon shot. Less Magic More Mechanics starts with maudlin piano notes before a meandering guitar and bass drum contribute. As the whole band join in, the psychedelic guitar begins to soar over the top. Belying the title, this is magic over mechanics. The sort of music that can dim the lights and slow your heartbeat.

From The Shards Of Comets!