Artrocker Night Artrocker Clubnight HOT SAUCE PONY
Friday 13th March 2020
@ Aces And Eights Bar
£5 adv £7 on the door
PET CROW + Hot Sauce Pony + Boarder
Stu Plimsoles + Paul Artrocker DJs
Derby based garage-pop post punkers PET CROW explore the struggles of modern life on their second LP ‘Take The Edge Off’. This is another tricky second album, but not in the classic sense. It’s a work of catharsis, an expression of personal problems and mental health issues experienced throughout a turbulent time for the band. Anxiety, depression, drug addiction, OCD and ADHD are all tackled as they speak from direct experience.
‘What We Doin’?’ blasts forth, taking on stagnation and a lack of focus that can render one inactive. Their blend of tight, funky rhythms, punk riffage and surf rock party vibes make for an enthralling listen that makes everything feel better.
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Debut album widens the palate of aural exotica even further, all aided and abetted by the unmistakable sonic hallmarks of Steve Albini (Pixies, Nirvana, PJ Harvey), who recorded and engineered the whole thing at his now world-famous Electrical Audio studios in Chicago. Released by Brixton Hillbilly back in January.
Reference points are healthily myriad with reviewers pointing to the Lemmy-like clunk of Stephen Gilchrist's bass, the parallels between Anna Dodridge's metronomic rhythms and the finest moments of Can and Neu! The feedback-soaked guitar of Ross Davies, routed through a maze of effects pedals, would be equally at home on a classic Sub Pop or 4AD release, or the more rebellious end of the math rock spectrum. Caroline Gilchrist's vocals, meanwhile, are invariably delivered straight from the heart but always with an air of siren-like mystery and shapeshifting intensity that keeps you on a knife edge throughout.
Having cut their teeth on the same South London gig circuit that honed the skills of Shame, Goat Girl, Warmduscher and Black Midi, they've become a must see live act and the album captures and bottles that white hot excitement perfectly. ‘Crusher’, ‘Crumble’and ‘Doom Lord’ mercilessly toy with the listener’s emotions, switching from intimate vulnerability to riff heavy rampage without warning. From the lilting, almost folky melancholy of ‘Christmas in Prison’, to the jabbing sassiness of ‘Ho’ or the seas of sprawling distortion on ‘My Pet Hate In 6/8’ and ‘Louder’, this album has it all.
"Mudhoney with a whiff of Young Marble Giants"