Animal Collective – Fall Be Kind

Domino Recording Co. (2009) (A FACT presentation) Here’s an EP from low-key Maryland beat combo, the Animal Collective. They released a fine little album way back at the start of this year, Merriweather Post Pavilion, that could really have done with a bit more publicity. Perhaps it was just released at the wrong time: ACContinue reading “Animal Collective – Fall Be Kind”

The Ghost Of A Thousand: ‘Knees, Toes, Teeth’

Hailing from punk rock hotbed, err, Brighton, TGOAT don’t let their hometown’s lack of gritty intensity hinder them. They’re angry young men, presumably about all the party conferences going on in their neck of the woods, but you can’t really make out the words anyway. They realise their simmering angst in a catchy fashion thatContinue reading “The Ghost Of A Thousand: ‘Knees, Toes, Teeth’”

Converge – Axe to Fall

Epitaph (2009) Massachusetts-based Converge offer a convincing case for best metal band of the decade. Consistently brutal, intense, intelligent and aesthetically astute, they effectively put a lid on the 90s noisecore subgenre with their epoch-defining Jane Doe, in 2001. Essentially a concept album about a relationship gone horribly wrong, it was followed up three yearsContinue reading “Converge – Axe to Fall”