Heavy Metal: LP2 12"

Heavy Metal: LP2 12"


Tags: · 10s · germany · post-punk · raw · recommended · ukdiy
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Heavy Metal return from their punker bunker with LP number two and it’s equally as stunning. Again it’s all over the place musically with a common thread of needle in the red whatever style they are destroying. It starts with an ecstasy drenched lo-fi distorted disco number that oozes sex appeal for the Heavy Metal massive before moving onto ‘Blue Suede Shoe’ which sounds like a classic dirty 1979 DIY hit with a masterful hook that demands repeated plays. Elsewhere ‘Dingo Ate Your Baby’ mixes the lovely lo-finess of early Flying Nun releases with a vocal that is straight from the Nikki Sudden school of drawls whilst ‘Communication or Surprise’ should have been one of the first five seminal Alternative TV singles. Heavy Metal do what they want and they don’t care whether you are listening or not - they are having too much fun. The fact they won’t play any gigs gives this band more appeal. People will discover these albums in 20 years time and love them just as much as I do now. Heavy Metal top of the class - stuff the media up your arse!!

Our take: Second LP from this Germany-via-Australia-and-Wales group, and it's been my musical obsession as of late... I loved their first album, but I think this one is even better. As before, this one is delightfully oblivious of genre... euro-pop synth melodies coexist with near-hardcore-tempos and Chameleons-esque guitar melodies and snotty, ranting vocals that sound like Dick Lucas from the Subhumans on helium. A lot of these melodies and arrangements are so great that most bands would want to reserve them for the a-side of a single, but everything on this LP feels tossed off, and brilliant feats of songwriting are dropped as carelessly as a used sandwich wrapper. I suppose it's that sense of casualness that evokes all of the comparisons to the UKDIY scene (indeed, this doesn't really sound vintage-y at all, which I think is a very good thing)... there are moments here and there that might sound like Swell Maps or whatever, but it mostly seems to be the spirit and approach that Heavy Metal borrow from that sound and era. I'm sure there are some people who won't be able to hang with the downright silliness of much of this LP (I mean, it closes with a full-length cover of "Do Ya Think I'm Sexy" by Rod Stewart), but I can't stop listening. One of my favorites of the month for sure.