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Black Lives At The Golden Coast by The Icarus Line

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Reviewed on 30th July 2007.


Black Lives At The Golden Coast

By The Icarus Line

A few years back while at Roskilde Festival in Denmark, I had the good fortune to find myself seeing a band that weren't originally on the bill - there were 5 of them, all in red and black and with a lot of red eye shadow action. They looked scary and sounded scary. I left the tent shocked but satisfied. I'm pleased to report that after 3 years away, this second LP is up to the mark. Sonically, it scrapes all the right places for me, with elements of And You Will Know Us, Sonic Youth, The Stooges, Jesus and Mary Chain, At The Drive In, The Pixies, The Cult, The Chameleons and T-Rex, yes you read that correctly, all in there somewhere in this very tasty and noisy tune-laden platter. The effects used are well effective - some heavy drenching of reverb and some clever use of flanged backward guitar, well that's what it sounds like to me. There's no real standouts on the LP as it fits so well together - there are probably some songs that you might point to as singles, the (what sounds like) distorted harmonica driven "Sick Bitch" and "Fshn Fur", but this does what an LP should do - make you want to sit down and listen to from start to finish.



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