A new band to me, yes, but having been on the music scene for a while, and having established an enthusiastic following, it’s good to review their latest recording! What are they like, well, major influences for the band include, The Wedding Present, Edsel Auctioneer, The Fall, Joy Division, Pale Saints and also Echo and the Bunnymen. So, obviously, you can see by this, that they’ve got a tremendous musical palette of sound in their heads, and where they’d
like to be! Having played gigs in Manchester, Liverpool, Huddersfield, etc, and also a number of festivals, this has certainly developed the bands music into a cohesive, individual sound. Based in Manchester, in the north of England, this 5 piece ‘ post – punk’ band, certainly need to be checked out and I feel will get a greater following after the release of ‘ Jive Bunny’.
I met Dave McNally, whilst having a drink, after attending a local gig. Everyone retired to the pub, and Dave was amongst many of us ‘musos’ there, discussing all sorts of stuff – recording, performing, airplay, etc, etc, usual things all musicians seem to discuss, especially enlightened after a couple of pints, in my case, glasses of wine, of course. Anyway, we started chatting about his band Gdansk81, and the release of their CD this year. The description of the musical influences certainly interested my musical curiosity. So, a long story, short, I got myself a copy of ‘Jive Bunny’ – which I’ve already played on my show on Fab Radio International, and will be playing more tracks too.
Combining the musical talents of: David McNally – Vocals; Steven Taylor – Guitars; Claire Tully – Guitars/Vocals; Martin Plant – Drums; and David Clements – Bass, they produce a great individual sound from a very creative band indeed!
’Trigger Heart Exelica’ Punchy drums, throbbing bass, interspersed by crunchy guitar chords, before the vocals even enter – this band means business – loads of distortion and feedback, good start to the album.
‘Casablanca’ From the ‘very low’ bass line, gets right into your head, in a good way, the lead guitar picking it’s way through the texture and into your ears, and with great lead and backing vocals, a fantastic example of the genre all round here.
‘Jive Bunny’ The title track, when always expectations are high, and with techno bass line, power driven screeching guitar, screaming vocals, especially from Tully here, is wow, so in your face, it works brilliantly, this doesn’t disappoint, it’s exciting and clear.
‘Blackpool Lights’ Another terrific track, right from the start, with exchange of words from both Tully and McNally, a great song. Vocal harmonies, hauntingly beautiful, adding to the rest of instruments, so essential a sound.
‘Blondini’ Pretty fast, upbeat tempo song, with voice added reverb/echo, produces a pretty scary, well, to me, feel. then, when the rest of the band crank it up – well, be afraid, be very afraid.
‘Chris and Jill’ Made up, mainly through a couple of pretty cool guitar riffs, then McNally enters into the fray, with his expressive, power vocals, totally backed up in the voice department here by Tully.
’Stranger Times’ Another great track, with really heavy, and full sound throughout. Vocals and in unison, imitating each other as the music drives along, creating a pretty cool sound. I especially like the brilliant bit, where Claire’s voice enters before the end, great musical touch.
‘Department velvet’ Guitar driven song, with as usual, some nice lead guitar lines, whilst the rest of the band hold everything together, with strong bass, powerful drums, and stressed out guitar chords.
‘Phoenix’ Drum intro takes us into a space/sci-fi like guitar sounds, the band taking us into their musical universe, so to speak – very strange, but again, in a very good way, and very atmospheric and slightly eerie, give it a few plays!
‘What are the Words?’ Some nice drumming, again, with terrific, long sustained, discordant guitar line over the top, heavily distorted guitar enters, just before vocals hit you. A great texture of tone here, particularly enjoyed the guitar effects, In fact, an all round excellent final track to an album, that which, until a couple of weeks ago, I knew neither the band or their music. Check them out, and get yourself a copy