German Magazine Éclat Review 'Easy Meat'
Thanks to Luke McAdams for translating this. Original German can be found at 'Full Press Article'
White Trash & proud of it - the exception. Prime examples are McLusky on 'Do Dallas': You're down on the pavement, the band on the balcony and your bladder’s bursting. Just have to soldier on through it. LaFaro would happily do the same or worse. For example: Make a fool out of you like a drunken “best friend” at your work Christmas party, then puke on your jacket?
5 seconds into 'Easy Meat' and this band already has you by the balls. The intro with brutal guitars which don’t bode well. Bar by bar the opener 'Full Tilt' delivers uppercuts and kicks in the arse - and then Jonny Black takes the mike, straddling it even.
Steve Albini and Andy Falkous are his soul brothers: Singing? Melodies? Refrains? Fuck it - that’s for someone else to worry about. 4 Northern Irishmen in the service of the steam hammer: pressure gauge firmly in the red zone, the tempo high, the danger raw, the riffs nasty. Recognise this guitar sound? Yep - these bad boys aren’t just fellow countrymen, but also on the same label as And So I Watch You From Afar.
The daft slogans and random abuse in the “Interludes” just go with the image, same as the album title: 'Easy Meat' is gory and not even a tiny bit cooked. But witty: In the promo photos you have the band replete with butcher’s gear, looking like they’ve just slaughtered a herd of lambs - as if LaFaro had just sacrificed the organs of some Jazz-Bassist to the Devil whom they’d named themselves after.
The first seven songs reflect this bizarre frogmarch well, 'Wingers and Chips' the coarsest of the lot - in just one and a half minutes. Fuck me, this bucking bronco of an album is fun!
'Have A Word With Yourself' then suddenly springs an outrageously curved groove on us, building up again at the end to a wall of noise. 'Off The Chart' is shortened with a straight rock lick, 'Setal Pettle' is a strangely subdued mid-tempo rock number. Good however to see LaFaro always trying something new.
The nasal Black bleats such bizarre snippets into the mike that black humour is a regular guest. How else is one to interpret the otherworldly kicking-out song 'Maudlin'?
Sure, this album is emphatically unsexy, rough ‘n’ ready and clumsy. But LaFaro see this as anything but a weakness. No - they’re justifiably proud as punch. A frontal masterpiece in shit brown.
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