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Reviewed on 19th May 2004.

 
 

O Fracas EP

By O Fracas

Unfortunately promising Leeds outfit Very Arcane are no more! But fortunately for us the majority of that outfit have regrouped under the peculiarly named O Fracas. Not only have they regrouped but they have taken what was a promising debut onto the next level, added some great female BV's, some extra venom and starting to sketch out a map to big things!

This five song swipe is like a brain dump of ideas - they come thick and fast, each track abundant with pace changes, arm wrestling guitar riffs and off kilter melodies. It's like baking a cake and putting in too much sugar, the principle of it tasting sweeter sounds appetising, but it's probably too much to digest. However, these chefs clearly have plans and for those prepared to stick with them there is a real glimpse of what could be in closing title track "Fits and Starts" with its stuttering guitar line, machine gun drums and its grab-n-shake you chorus - splendid!

The other appetisers on the CD are cluttered but each in their own way throw out a moment or two of excellence pulling leaves in clutches from the books of The Rapture, Seafood, The Delgados and The Pixies. The cool low-key contrast of "Bats Under Bridges" drops the pace nicely from frenetic slices such as opener "Zeroes and Ones" and perhaps more should have been made of the cutting play out of "Forfeit".

O Fracas are exciting and ambitious, they're not quite ready to come out of the oven just yet but when they do, boy are we all in for it!

 

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On 19th May 2004 at 08:45 Anonymous 2020 wrote...

Cool review, we played with these guys and i liked them, mainly for their original sound

 

On 19th May 2004 at 10:19 Anonymous 2581 wrote...

So which part of the metaphorical cake am i then? The icing or the cherry on top?! Cheers guys, you have some lovely things to say. Craigos - MAINLY for our original sound?? It was the no-tails wasnt it... betcha couldnt resist hehehe By the way, which band are yow in, shamoan?

 

On 19th May 2004 at 10:33 Anonymous 2581 wrote...

Funniest things is, i though id only sent a 3 track version of the demo. Ooops...Rich, thanks for doing it, twas a pleasurable read.

Ive been fighting with Alex (guitar) about which song is the best. I ilke 'Forfeit' but he thought it was 'Fits and Starts' too. You win . ill never live it down either...

ben

 

On 19th May 2004 at 10:36 Anonymous 2581 wrote...

Oh, and if anyone wants to hear a demo, just mail or PM us, and one can be lobbed in the post for ya - free of charge

 

On 19th May 2004 at 16:26 Anonymous 2020 wrote...

our band was, and still is, The Old House and the show in question was at the fenton. No it wasn't for the tails - i have my very own no-tail shut away in the cupbaord with all my other precious things i purchased from the local shop

 

On 19th May 2004 at 16:27 Anonymous 2020 wrote...

our band was, and still is, The Old House and the show in question was at the fenton. No it wasn't for the no-tails - i have my very own no-tail shut away in the cupbaord with all my other precious things i purchased from the local shop

 

On 19th May 2004 at 16:32 Anonymous 2020 wrote...

Bloody hell, double post because i tried to stop the first one because as you may spot i put "tails" and not "no-tails". Also i know its "cupboard" not "cupbaord" (thought i would add that before the spelling crew get on my case, sorry spelling crew ). Oh, i will trade you our demo for your demo

 

On 19th May 2004 at 17:36 Anonymous 2581 wrote...

Done ;)

 

On 20th May 2004 at 10:30 Anonymous 30 wrote...

Friendly loving bands - now that's what I like to see!

 
 
 

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