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BeardRock Easy Meat Album Review

This release burgeons with catchy songs that'll make you sing-along and guarantee that you don't remain solemn and stationary when listening to it.

A question: how many readers find that one album that seemingly defines their feelings for the year in terms of music? Well, for me, all contenders to that most prestigious title have been blown out of the water, thrown into outer space and melted out of existence by Belfast quartet La Faro. This band, which I found around 2008 after some rather excessive (someone else's point of view) listening of their acclaimed song 'Tupenny Nudger'. Since then, I have listened to them becoming more and more of a force to be reckoned with, and now they are releasing their second studio album, 'Easy Meat'.

Having thoroughly enjoyed their debut, to review this monster of an album feels more like an honour. As a countryman, I feel biased, however I shall curb my love of local music and give it to you guys straight. This album is packed full of raw enthusiasm and energy. Reminiscent of bands like The Jesus Lizard and Helmet and dare I say a lot of Queens Of The Stone Age, 'Easy Meat' kicks more ass than can be supplied.

Going through it makes you feel like you're on a journey, a road trip even. Coasting along desert highways, blasting away the sand in a muscle car; it's that sensation I enjoy the most in the album, but listening to singer Jonny Black reveals a whole new reason to appreciate it more. Lyrically, the songs are well-written and add an original dynamic to the thundering beats.

No matter how serious the album gets, a few humorous points shine through, granting the listener an insight into the bands jesting side; from drunken conversations with an Englishman to just making random babyish noises. They are no different live, the intensity of the music tempered by a disarming goofiness.

This release burgeons with catchy songs that'll make you sing-along and guarantee that you don't remain solemn and stationary when listening to it. The songs to look forward to the most are 'Full Tilt', a simple majestic grunge-driven piece with easy-to-sing words, and the title song, which for me has the best lyrics and guitar work I’ve heard come out of Northern Ireland in a while. Everything just fits in that song: there is no way you won't like it.

Be warned though, this album is not for the faint of heart.

Writer: Gavin Holgate