London Highbury Garage
[a]dEUS[/a] are at their most effective when at their most schizophrenic, as in [B]'Instant Street'[/B], a cumulative epic which grows from playful acoustic ballad into a full-on electroid freak-ouMore on
A warped Velvets-influenced drone bent into melodic shapes is still their calling card, electric violin and banks of detuned guitars railing and rattling simultaneously, creating a bustling, flowering bruise of beautiful noise. Singer-guitarist Tom Barman's beguiling, Stipe-esque vocal gives the throbbing mass of sound a focus, plaintively wrenching poignancy from songs old and new ('Little Arithmetics' and 'Sister Dew' respectively), a charismatic burr that is never quite alienating in its otherness.
Thankfully, the band are never quite able to subsume their more unwieldy charms; check the vicious 'Put The Freaks Up Front' or the psychotic groove of 'Everybody's Weird' for proof. But [a]dEUS[/a] are at their most effective when at their most schizophrenic, as in 'Instant Street', a cumulative epic which grows from playful acoustic ballad into a full-on electroid freak-out. And who really wants dEUS to change? It's a brutalising 'Suds & Soda', the song they first won our hearts with years back, which finally ignites the packed moshpit.
As hard as they might try to prove otherwise, [a]dEUS[/a] will always be freaks. But beautiful, nonetheless.
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