The fall's latest offering sounds like someone’s brought Elvis back to life – maggots and all
As if putting out an album almost every year for three and a half decades wasn’t enough, Mark E Smith’s productivity is now so high that The Fall have released this EP as a ‘bridging point’ between May’s ‘Re-Mit’ and next year’s scheduled 31st studio album. With a work ethic like that, it’s no surprise Smith can’t contain his contempt for any band who’ve taken a few years off and recently reformed. He has long-time Fall engineer Simon ‘Ding’ Archer read a bile-fuelled poem aimed at their lack of stamina towards the end of ‘Remembrance R’ (indie trivia: Ding also plays bass on the new Pixies EP). And elsewhere, ‘Say Mamba/Race With The Devil’ sounds like someone’s brought Elvis back to life – maggots and all. The Fall: quantity and quality.
Kevin EG Perry
Record label: Cherry Red