Monday, 30 July 2012

The Movements / The Angry Dead Pirates – Joint Single Review


The Movements / The Angry Dead Pirates – Split 10” Vinyl (PARIAH! Records)

The Movements / The Angry Dead Pirates - Split 10"
French label Pariah Records specialise in Garage/Psyche music and, apparently, in putting out split vinyl releases between French and Swedish bands. This latest release is a prime example as it’s a 10” vinyl single with three tracks from Swedish Psyche rockers The Movements and and three from French Garage grungers The Angry Dead Pirates. Starting with those crazy Swedes, The Movements blast in with the organ laden stomp of ‘Deserted Town’ which sounds like Ray Manzarek guesting on a Flaming Lips record and draws you in straight away. Ideally suited to sound tracking a motorbike scene in some Scandinavian version of Mad Max, this is a swirling, Tazmanian Devil of a tune and resistance is futile. ‘She Said’ kicks in like a Spaghetti Western tune complete with ominous whistling and you can almost smell the sarsaparilla and chewing tobacco. The thundering drums sound like the hooves of the underrated horses that belong to the 4 horsemen of the apocalypse and the blend of almost unidentifiable instruments just serves to build the tension and drama of the tune. The last track from the Movements is a cover of their label mates, the Angry Dead Pirates, as the Swedes blast through their version of ‘Put Me Down’. This is Futureheads-esque stuff with jangly, urgent guitars smothered in jittery, impatient vocals and hypnotic organs.

The Angry Dead Pirates are up next and offer a slightly more chilled and spaced out version of the Garage genre. There are still plenty of heave Hammond chords on ‘I Don’t Mind’ but the drums are a lighter touch and the guitar is more controlled than what is offered up by the Movements. ‘Moon’ starts off with Dr Who style retro noises from ‘the future’ before settling in to slightly repetitive but still enjoyable psyche-out rock. Finally, the Angry Dead Pirates return the favour and perform their version of the Movements’ ‘Being’ starting off with a public information instructional sound bite about LSD. This is followed by some sinister, chugging guitar and some lazy, dope up vocals before descending in to an organ driven frenzy that would be perfect in a Russ Meyer film or in a darker sequel to the Austin Powers films – y’know, the one directed by Christopher Nolan where Austin completely loses his mojo and disappears in to a well of despair.
The Movements

This release was presented as Sweden vs France and, following that theme, I would suggest that Sweden’s the Movements has narrowly won this contest but only on points. I think the real winner is music, though, and I would suggest that in Pariah! Records we have a record label worth paying attention to in the future.



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