ARTIST: Dead Rabbits
RELEASE: The Ticket That Exploded
RELEASE DATE: 26/02/16
RECORD COMPANY: Fuzz Club Records
Originally released back in 2013 via Fuzz Club Records,‘Dead Rabbits’ fantastic debut album ‘The Ticket That Exploded’ has had a reissuing of sorts! Full of majestic psych-gazing splendour ‘The Ticket That Exploded’ is a white knuckle thrill ride to a psychedelic world of discovery, reminiscent of The Warlocks or The Black Angels with its layers of melodic, fuzzy guitar goodness, underpinned with throbbing bass lines, pounding drums and those utterly despairing vocal lines! The band were one of the earlier signings to the Fuzz Club stable having first appeared on their ‘Reverb Conspiracy’ compilation. ‘Dead Rabbits’ meld a heady mix of psych and shoegaze together to create something quite special. ‘The Ticket That Exploded’ was re-issued on the 26th February 2016 and is available on vinyl in standard and deluxe edition. The standard edition (500 Copies) is 180g heavy black vinyl, and the deluxe edition (100 copies) is 180g transparent red vinyl. The album is also available on CD and cassette from the Fuzz Club Records online store.
Track one, ‘Heavenly Way’ opens proceedings exquisitely. This is a crawling, psych induced monster that swerves its way through the musical landscape, laying waste to every single thing that it touches. Shuffling drum patterns and a sporadic hi-hat attack mingles within the droning guitars, addictive bass lines and that impressive vocal with ease. Melodic in its splendour ‘Heavenly Way’ is a sonic call to arms! ‘Pulling The Trigger’ rides a droning wave of reverb drenched guitars that perfectly accompany the vocal melody whilst ‘MMB’ is a beautiful slice of celestial modern day shoegaze with its layers of guitars & soaring vocal lines. ‘Never Fall’ is spacious and airy with a vocal that hugs the acoustic guitar progressions as a swirling drone circumnavigates the entire track with aplomb. Tambourines shake and sporadic drum hits keep everything grounded. ‘Before I’m Too Late’ shatters the serine bubble of the previous track and I’m reminded of early ‘Jesus And Mary Chain’ in its entirety while ‘Its All In Her Head’ swirls and ploughs that overdriven bass line right through the sonic ether cutting a psych induced path as it goes. Screaming vocals add weight to proceedings as a simple hypnotic synth progression follows the melody brilliantly into the swirling maelstrom of noise.
‘When I’m Blue’ lazily shuffles into view with sublime sonic grace, looping & arcing all over the musical canvass. If the ‘Happy Mondays’ ever did psych-gaze then this is how I’d expect it to sound. Absolutely immense from beginning to end. ‘It’s You’ is reminiscent of early ‘Spacemen 3’ with its heart wrenching melodic vocal progressions and intense musical explorations that evoke love, loss and an overpowering sense of foreboding. The albums closer ‘Keep Me Warm’ puts a lid on proceedings with a calming, golden, psychedelic hue that seems to float in suspended animation forever. A beautiful ending to a brilliant album.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Del Chaney has spent the last three years not only fronting popular Irish Electronic duo Analogue Wave but also dedicating his time to uncovering the best artists in the Unsigned or Small Independent Label based Shoegaze Dream Pop Post-Punk & Post-Rock genre’s of music from all over the globe & reviewing them for this blog – The Primal Music Blog. He is also a contributing writer for The Sound Of Confusion. His other arm – Primal Radio – has gained considerable respect from bands and promoters alike since its conception in 2013 & has hepled him in actively promoting a genre of music that he is passionate about. Hailing from Dublin, Ireland, he is a keen Vinyl Collector, Tattoo Fan & all round good guy! He is a self confessed music freak & is never far away from a studio console or a turntable.