With their bigger and better second album, London-based indie/dance band Boxed In have earned their breakout moment
Difficult Is Easy
[B]Red Monkey[/B] are currently bigger Over There (ie, the US) than they are here....
Equal parts Fall-esque rabble-rousing and Fugazi rhythmic rattle, 'Difficult Is Easy', their second LP, is a delectable feast of corkscrew angsty thrash and elegantly melancholic softer passages; the latter best represented by 'Kissing With Tongues', Rachel Holborow's plangent vocals coursing above a taut, writhing pit of guitar, the former by 'Power And Dependence', an example of the finest of political pot - that which sounds like you are actually deep in the battlefield yourself, Pete Dale's impassioned yelp riding roughshod over an urgent, freewheeling hardcore assault.
It is, of course, by no means easy listening, and the lyrics are just obtuse enough for you to be unsure exactly what Red Monkey are on about. But switch off your emotional filters, feel the fire beneath the din... Red Monkey mean it, maaaan. Even if it's not always clear what 'it' is. Dig this gorilla funk.
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