Alternative music reviews

September 24, 2006

Drop The Decade by Shut Your Eyes And You’ll Burst Into Flames

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Shut Your Eyes And You'll Burst Into FlamesI shut my eyes and burst into flames, exactly as predicted by the band. They are testing more boundaries than just seeing how long a MySpace profile name can be. They are undeniably a Funk band in exactly the same way as The Pop Group were a Funk band – completely yet not at all. Drop The Decade is energetic, original, and dynamic. All the stops are pulled out on I Will Meditate And Then I Will Destroy You – if there is a way of throwing an Axel F synth texture, shouting, chanting melodically over a drum beat, then they do it all in this one track. It’s almost as if someone had decided to do a mix of a great album and compress it into six minutes. Describing this as Inspirational just doesn’t do it justice.

I’ll make a comparison with another band from Leeds, if a long time ago. Scritti Politti were pioneers in the DIY revolution spawned just after Punk. Along with the Desperate Bicycles and Alternative TV they printed details of where/how/how much to get your records made. Their music was radically independent, despite still having melody and the use of danceable rhythms. What became of them? Well, pretty boy Green decided to become a Pop Star (and he was quite good at it). But, for people like me who wanted to see the depths of confusion and originality explored they sold out and left a gaping hole of possibilities unfilled.

Shut Your Eyes And You’ll Burst Into Flames fill that gap. They are everything that Scritti could have become but with twice the energy and I am ecstatic that they are doing what they do.

Shut Your Eyes And You’ll Burst Into Flames


  1. I played on the same bill as them at the Night & Day in Manchester. They made my head explode!

    Going to see them Friday week at the Half Moon in Herne Hill.

    Comment by stuffy — November 1, 2007 @ 9:19 pm

  2. Hey – you did that track ‘Sir Wants Sex’ on the Wrath singles club! That was a great song.

    Comment by Cool Noise — November 2, 2007 @ 11:05 pm

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