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Deathcats & New Swears Split [Fuzzkill]

Deathcats, over the last year, have been hitting the releases hard and gigging every weekend that a shift pattern would allow.

Kicking off with ‘Liquid Gold’, the chorus bass provides the chugging basis for a far harder sound that a listener has sadly come to expect from a the washed up reverb sounding bands.

Thankfully the band seems to have adopted the reverb and Thee Oh See’s delay noises as merely flavours and not built their tracks on such used foundation.

Recorded at Glasgow’s Bakesale Recording Studio, with ex-PAWS man Matt Scott, the process of capturing the band has been well matched to the direction Deathcats are aiming.

Lead single ‘You’ is catchy in the same way that their previous single “Dream$” was.

We can forgive the frontman James McGarragle for this skilful rewrite of the latter, as that song is as strong as anyone could hope to write.

Set tempo for MOR for next track ‘Sprint’; a waterfall of chorus guitars and cymbals again distancing the group from previous garage rock outing, the picking guitar section reminiscent of Real Estate and all those bands that almost made the Stone Roses style guitar bearable in the late 2000s.

‘End Game’ goes all sludgy, widely known to be Black Sabbath fans it comes as a nice send off to see the band hinting where their heads are at currently.

Shame they’ve called it a day isn’t it?

Shame doesn’t cover the New Swears side of the split; the overdriven vocals, paper drums, hints of harmonica and group vocals periodically cover up the recording of the group scratching their guitars with one hand and their balls with the other.

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Words: Gayham Crisps

Various Artists – Now That’s What I Call Music 666 [Fuzzkill]

Fuzzkill Records is a name gaining a lot of kudos in the Scottish music just now, centred around a lo-fi sound, much of the music released by the label has a distinct DIY feel to it.

Released for Cassette Store Day the creatively named Now That’s What I Call Music 666 gives listeners a sense of what the label is about, showcasing some of the best raw Scottish talent around as well as a few from further afield.

Opening with noisy, well-acclaimed two-piece Pinact, the label don’t show any signs of easing us in to what their roster about, indeed a reverb-soaked garage punk sound provides the main base of this compilation, but there are a number of styles on show; from the surf-rock of New Swears through Min Diesel’s Pablo Honey era Radiohead sounding ‘Bastards’.

From 16 bands there a few standouts, including Poor Things’ ‘Unsure Of Myself’, which could be mistaken easily mistaken for Pixies, adopting their quiet/loud/quiet idea, while having a memorable chorus section.

A straight-to-cassette release may not be very conventional, albeit quite the norm for Fuzzkill, but with this release selling out within a month it is clear the label are doing more right than simply putting together an excellent roster of artists.

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Words: Neil Hayton