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Billy Mahonie - Jullander


Year Released: 1999
Format: 7"
Label: Stupid Cat
Reviewed by Andy Malcolm on Jun 13, 2007
A new record off Stupidcat, the label with the best logo in the world. First band I played was Billy Mahonie, and they are doing the moody instrumental thing. First track, "World Inaction" centers around lots of understated use of drums and cymbals, whilst the low music sort of floats around at the edges. It keeps on building at a very slow pace, and breaks out in a louder burst of noise at one point. Following that is "Let Them Eat Shit" which starts off with weird electronica, before kicking into more low instrumental noise which gets a bit experimental at times. I definitely prefer the first track, but if you like all those other creative UK instrumental bands (Los Planetos, Lazarus Clamp, Almanac to name a couple off the top of my head - I haven't a clue which US bands they are taking nods from mind) you'll be down with what the BM are doing.

Jullander are German and are playing inventive, herky-jerky post-hardcore mainly instrumental stuff, with occasional words. The singer at times says stuff in German through a megaphone, but is standing at the end of the street. Elements of the Van Pelt in "Enderlin". Very rhythmical and rather cool. They follow it with "Hannah" which is a little more melodic, but is basically the same style of music.

If you're after a quirky, nicely packaged 7", check this out, particularly for Jullander. You even get an odd photocopied bit of paper with part of a story on the back, mine ends:

"Nobody remembers except you and me. Nobody in the whole word. What the hell are we going to do?"

and is the bottom of page 61. If you have page 62, please let me know what they decided to do. Thanks.

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