Uranium Club: All of Them Naturals 12" (new)

Fashionable Idiots Records


“All Of Them Naturals” is a fully realized, inclusive world of faux-corporation sponsored surrealist new wave punk music rife with satire and discordance. Robotically tight. Delightfully warped. Ideas as vast as Nebraska’s GMO cornfields and as lethal as the pesticides they spray on them. Did the Sunbelt Chemicals Corporation invent DDT? Maybe. Did they invent man? They think so. Did they invent the wheel? No, that was Uranium Club. Truly, our generation’s DEVO. An important group. -Jensen Ward

Our take: Well, the new Uranium Club is finally out! Let's go ahead and get the bad out of the way first. I'm sure that everyone has probably listened to this online by now, and if you have you realize that the LP's running length is padded out significantly. Theoretically this LP has a running time of 24 minutes, but once you take out the lengthy intro (which I've already found myself skipping) and the noise that pads out some of the other songs there's significantly less actual music than that. I mean, it's not like it feels like a 7" or anything, but I don't think that I'm going to get anything new upon hearing that intro for the 5th time, you know? Now that that's out of the way, I can affirm that Uranium Club still know how to write a fuckin' song. If you somehow haven't heard them, they play scratchy, minimalist punk in the vein of Wire or Parquet Courts (though there is a lot of two-guitar interplay, so the minimalism is due more to the thin guitar sound than a pared-down aesthetic). Uranium Club knock it out of the park, nailing both the driving, Krautrock-esque rhythms that characterize those bands as well as the truly great melodies that, at the end of the day, take this style of music from being pleasant to being something truly noteworthy. I've heard some people say that they find the lyrics pretentious and/or vapid, but I like the surrealistic, occasionally silly lyrics, which really serve to enhance the very "art school" aesthetic of this band, and this release in particular. So, while it's not a perfect album, it's as exciting a record as the punk scene has produced in the past couple of years. Highly recommended.
Tags: 10s melodic post-punk punk recommended