Restorations manage to emulate that feeling quite regularly at their invigorating live shows, but on the second track from their sensational sophomore full-length LP2 they stretch their esteemed vision further than ever. A jangly intro leads into a wall of multiple guitars and a palpable rhythm section, but what sticks on “Let’s Blow Up the Sun” is the never-ending sense of promise. When the jangly guitars return, they’re constantly swallowed by the wall of rhythm. Restorations manage to get their listeners feet moving quickly, before truly opening up the map and showing them everywhere they can go.
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While the one-and-only Nile Rodgers holds up his end of the bargain, powering the groove with a smooth, tasty, and perfectly chilled throwback riff that’s love at first listen, super-producer Pharrell can’t put together a full performance on vox. He shines on both the pre-chorus and chorus, evoking Off the Wall-era MJ, but man are the verses dull and clunky. There, Pharrell’s wobbly, unfocused vocals clash with their crisp environs (which also makes you less forgiving of the vapid lyric; opening line: “Like the legend of the phoenix”). I really don’t know how certain parts passed muster. Luckily, the Robots swoop in afterward with a bracing vocoder hook that reminds everyone who’s running the show. All told, “Get Lucky” is a killer track that should’ve been a classic. I eagerly await the full album version and the copious remixes that I’m sure are being crafted as we speak.
On this lead-off track from TOTP2, “Morrissey Will Never Forgive Me”, Keith Top of the Pops takes the piss a bit, using snippets from Morrissey lyrics and then saying how the former Smith would never forgive him. The song was recorded live with full band in one take to preserve the sense of urgency in the tune. TOTP2 will be released May 17th via Corporate Records.
Blood Becomes Fire, the sophomore release from New Zealand’s Beastwars, is released on Destroy Records on 19 April, and PopMatters is proud to debut the churning death-march track, “Rivermen”. Blood Becomes Fire is set to be one of heavy rock’s most powerful releases in 2013, and reflections on the dark journeys we all take through life to death govern the album’s post-apocalyptic visions. In amongst the album’s mix of sludge metal and tumbling noise-rock runs a conceptual tale. Lyricist and vocalist Matt Hyde howls bloody murder at the gods while looking at the wreckage of a planet, scoured of hope, through the eyes of a traveler from another time.
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