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Reviewed on 8th May 2004.



By Samskara

The basic Samskara sound is a rasping flush of rockish guitar riffs, led cheeringly into the foothills of sexual conquest by the bright-voiced hollering of tomcat youth. It's mad and lively enough to rattle the pots and pans, sure enough. The three songs on this demo have been recorded on a 24 track mobile in an upstairs room of a pub. Live-ish, then. And, I guess, quite a good representation of their sound at gigs. There are no frills, no overdubs, no "production". So it works pretty well.

But given the tough world they are breaking into, maybe they should have waited a while before getting this demo out. The steamy thrash of a pub room in Pontefract might take their enthusiastic exuberance to its smoky heart, but the precise attention of a Quad amplifier pumping each beat through Rogers speakers points a fickle finger at some obvious shortcomings. Samskara are a long way from oven-ready, so I'll leave the fork of close criticism in the drawer for another day.

All they really need to know is that song writing is the Devil's Art, and that playing tight four/four as a band needs natural talent (taken for granted) and a huge amount of practice (not yet in the bag).



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On 8th May 2004 at 15:43 Anonymous 1965 wrote...

The demo doesn't sound like them live, watch them live and they'll make ya dance like a maniac. Wait for their album due late June, that'll give you a better idea of their sound show that they're a fucking awesome band.


On 11th May 2004 at 13:40 Anonymous 904 wrote...

Maybe it would have been worth waiting that extra two month, then submit the album for review instead. If better material is in the pipeline, then it's worth hanging on, for the bands sake.

Hell, you wouldn't eat McCain micro chips if they've only been in for ten seconds would you?!



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