Jamie T’s second album in two years is a punk, rap, pop and hardcore tour de force
2nd Gen : Irony Is
Noise and politics from ex-Fun^Da^Mental bass player
There's certainly a debt owed to the claustro-phobic likes of early Test Department, especially on b: disturbed frequency music that wears its psychopathic tendencies proudly on its steel toecap. Ditto, the hydrochloric-acid breaks of 'Musicians Are Morons'.
But amid all the surface confusion there's often little more than one heavyweight riff and a bunch of short repetitive samples from - one assumes - the 'Industrial Loops For Industrious Loons' compilation CD. Forget rocket science, this, to all intents, is crude biological warfare.
'Irony Is' bludgeons any poncey notion of subtlety or natural beauty into the ground. And why shouldn't it? Everything's pretty fucked up in the world, maybe 2nd Gen's just holding a mirror up to reality. Albeit one of those you'd find in a funhouse next to the peep show parlour.
Character studies and ready melodies abound in the latest record by the Oxford quartet
A battle-like record where fear and dread rule
Another gripping Pedro Almodóvar mystery, full of vibrant visuals and emotional revelations
The Californian succeeds, once again, in exposing the ugliness of mankind. It’ll get under your skin