Friday, 1 May 2015
Sauna Youth - Distractions (CD Review)
11.Try To Leave
13.Taking A Walk
Richard Phoenix (Drums/Vocals)
Lindsay Corstorphine (Guitar)
Jen Calleja (Vocals/Sampler)
Christopher Murphy (Bass)
The band have naturally developed its sound in the three years since Dreamlands and is now in its ultimate form. All four members are also the band Monotony, which they formed while writing Distractions in 2014. Later in the year, they did two sessions over two days as both bands for Marc Riley on BBC 6 Music, and both Sauna Youth and Monotony were invited to play DRILL Festival by Wire. As well as playing in Monotony, members of Sauna Youth are also in the bands Tense Men, Primitive Parts, Feature and Cold Pumas
After an intresting seventeen seconds first track of well a feedback loop we blast straight into 'Transmitters' which is a good old fashioned new wave pop punk tune circa 1978, not art or experimental, just straight forward and really rather good.
Now thing is next bunch of tracks also fit that bill, just good old fashioned new wave, all sound like the Buzzcocks meets Wire, wheres this art stuff gone?
Up next is 'Paul' which is 52 seconds of talking over a bassline, could this lead into something weirder?
No is the answer back to 1978 again, as is everything else except 'Taking A Walk' which is more talking.
So somewhat dissapointed and at the same time a nice surprise, thought i may be getting some Throbbing Gristle meets Sonic Youth, got some well executed harmless punk tunes instead!
For fans Of: Monotony, Buzzcocks, Wire, Magazine, Vibrators