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With a name like ‘Dr Slaggleberry’ and the above inside-cover-of-a-maths-textbook-doodle-of-a-mad-scientist adorning the cover of this young three piece’s demo, one would expect ‘hillarious’ pop-punk, possibly with a comedy cover of a retro TV theme. Utter shite, in other words. With song titles like ‘Extra Strength Grandma’, my hopes are further destroyed.

Luckily – it’s so far from pop punk, it’s almost on another world.

Higher Love: The Further From You The Less To Speak – Demo Review

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Not the best CD cover I've ever seen...

Not the best CD cover I've ever seen...

As the weather turns ever colder and the nights ever darker, it seems only fitting that we get round to covering some Goth on DownTuned, and they don’t come much Gothier than London’s (And formerly Warsaw’s) Higher Love.

While The Cure are the obvious touchstone throughout this demo, there are touches of U2 (Especially in the twangy, hangy guitar lines) and Joy Division to be had, and at least a faint glimmer of perrenial underdogs London After Midnight and some very early (Read: very odd) Human League. There’s certainly a very 80s vibe going on, and the heavily accented vocals actually help add to the generally vampiric atmosphere at times, putting me in mind of Outcast (not the “Hey-Yah!” Andre 3000 ones…), and this has the potential to be a major selling point for the band, if only they weren’t quite so po-faced (Or possibly “Poe” faced?) about it all. Goth, while being deadly serious, is also an inherently ridiculous form, and it’s best practitioners know and play on this.  This failing is unfortunately particularly apparent on “Do You Talk About Love”, where amatuerish production and deadly seriousness combine to create humour for all the wrong reasons.

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Hovadah: Eyes Reveal – Demo Review

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Grindcore requires low light conditions.

Grindcore requires low light conditions.

Did I just step out of a Delorean? Or maybe a phone booth? Because listening to Hovadah’s Eyes Reveal it could easily be 1989 and Grindcrusher is just hitting the shelves. This is brilliantly old school grind. No triggered drums, no regard for elaborate production, just head down, furious, simple fun.

The closest comparison, sound wise (without getting into neckbeard-grind territory) is From Enslavement… era Napalm Death. The vocals, while not the most broootal I’ve heard, are spat with passion and personality in both the cookie monster and high pitch variety. Drums, bass and guitar blend into a killer whirlwind dirge which carries things along nicely.

If you’re looking for subtlety, sophistication or deep, meaningful lyrics, don’t even come near Hovadah. (Although they do have possibly the best song about cycling in London I’ve ever heard in the form of Red Orange Green – sample lyric “and what happened to the bike / it was stolen by some cunt” – Brilliant.) But if you want nine minutes and change of blasting anger get stuck into Eyes Reveal.

6is9 – Demo Review

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Black and white is always better.

Black and white is always better.

There is a fundamental problem with 6is9’s first punky shout to the world. It’s clean. Not like It’s had a going over with jif, but the sound is sanitized and polished and every instrument can be heard well. In pretty much every genre of music, this would be a good thing, but not punk.

Punk is dirty. Punk is ugly. Punk should sound like a fight in a chip shop against tramps with guitars used as weapons.

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