HARD-FI: Killer Sounds.A title that promises so much, but does it commit the promised dastardly deed? Certainly, some have that bang crash wallop in yer face feel due to their organic funk fuelled by a hard rock edge. The trailblazer for this is the single Fire In The House – a slow-burner with echoing vocals that builds up a sense of anticipation that’ll reel the victims in like moths to a flame. The tension is shattered when the big beats kick in. But can they keep it up? There’s some industrial soundscapes such as Sweat which harken back to the 80s but too often the choruses lack the killer touch – but they rarely fall below a GBH level – Good Beats in the House.
JIM WARD: Quiet In The Valley, On The Shores The End Begins.There’s nothing like an easy album title – and this is certainly nothing like one. He’s complicated it right from the start, tripping himself up with a moniker that may be arty but doesn’t invite you to exactly dive in. It’s taken him five years and a few EPs to get to this stage and simply shoved three EP titles together. If you’re not into one man, his guitar and musings on the world around him, then best to avoid.