A horrible hack

Vox Merkoni


Year Released: 2006
Format: CDR
Label: self released
Reviewed by Ian Scanlon on Jun 13, 2007
These chaps talk a good game, namechecking Tortoise, Can, Robert Wyatt, Gastra Del Sol and Sonic Youth in their blurb, and then ruin it all by also dropping Radiohead and the Mars Volta. And unfortunately sounding a lot like those two - prog-ish stuff with the occasional bit of overwraught vocalisation. There's a dreadful ratio of noodle to good in the guitaring, which is a shame, as some of the parts are nice. The second track has really nice understated vocals and a very Directions in Music / Tortoise pulse to it. The recording could do with being little warmer and less drum heavy overall, in fact the drummer is nearly as noodly as the bloody guitarist! But the acoustic parts that come in and drop out sound nice with the multilayered low vocals. The other tracks are very heavy on the almost Zappa-esque bad jazz guitar approximations though, and the distorted guitar sounds are super dry too. Some potential here though, if they could perhaps, I don't know, tread on the guitarplayers hands or something? Reminds me of several UK bands over the last couple of years who were trying on the prog hat ,a la Mars Volta. Shoot Significant in Manchester (who were loads better than this) and Independent Thought Alarm in Norwich (who were kind of on a par) spring to mind, and for those with longer memories all those bands that hung out / played with the Cardiacs (Monsoon Bassoon, Camp Blackfoot, but this lot are not so out there as them) so perhaps there's some sort of circuit there? That I in my simple search for indie rock am missing?

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