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LaFaro's 'Easy Meat' In Culture NI Magazine's Top 5 Albums of 2011

'LaFaro show a natural gift for melody and arrangement that could yet take them to new and explosive heights.'

Refusing to play anyone else’s game but their own, LaFaro followed up 2010’s debut with a sprawling, chaotic bundle of songs that guaranteed to leave a section of their fanbase scratching their heads in puzzlement. Interludes, on a rock album?! Were this deliberate obstinacy, or were LaFaro simply enjoying themselves?

The band’s influences, no matter how obfuscated they might be, shine through on 'Easy Meat'. Echoes of the primal thrash of the Jesus Lizard come through, as well as the pummelling riffs of Helmet ramped up in the mix.

The vocals of Jonny Black are buried in the mix, allowing the guitars to take centre stage this time, unleashing all manner of breakneck angular riffs that charge along before you can get a handle on them. 'Easy Meat' rocks – and it rocks hard – but often at the expense of the listener.

However, repeated listening allows for an appreciation of the depth of this album. Here, LaFaro show a natural gift for melody and arrangement that could yet take them to new and explosive heights. And the skits and sketches that are scattered throughout the record leave the listener in no doubt as to the record’s place of origin. LaFaro have created their own uniquely Northern Irish take on post-hardcore.

Come for the riffs, stay for the banter, but it’s the writing that you’ll be taking home with you for a very, very long time.

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LaFaro - Easy Meat (Album) by Smalltown America