SUPERTOYS LAST ALL SUMMER LONG


COMANECHI

COMANECHI
CRIME OF LOVE
MEROK

Reports from London have been flooding in of post-punk types declaring total servility to the Dark Lord, with the formidable Kasms the best example of a unit with an Indie back-story drinking greedily from the ruby-dashed goblets of Metal, Sludge and Deep Grunge. Whilst retaining punk undertones, defectors are falling victim to the allure of wielding red-blooded power, with nary a wiry guitar sound in ear-shot. With the arrival of this diabolic duo, thy cup runneth over.

Into Comanechi’s glamorously wasted Noise-cuts and the no-fi imitations of fatalistic Metal, a fortune of cheap thrills are woven. Though a little obvious, Simon Petrovitch’s oafish, lycanthropic riffs are deeply satisfying, jutting luridly at you from rigid structures. Chord for abominable chord it’s like his play for rock immortality, and weren’t the Ramones all about young day-dreams? Containing very little padding the record is made all the more calamitous by Akiko Matsurro’s flaying rhythms and the risible recording values (the result of financial constaints rather than a hipster move). What you’re left with is a very pure entity.

There’s nothing terribly radical about Comanechi, per say. Their Pop-Art –infused ‘NeoGrunge’ takes freely from the innovations of legends past. What they do bring is an innate understanding of why Punk exists at all, which seems an increasingly elusive quality of late. In Crime Of Love they’ve produced a grand paean to the genre, both a glorious meltdown and an act of self determination. John Calvert

8/10

DOWNLOAD: ‘MY PUSSY’ ‘CRIME OF LOVE’ ‘MESMORISING FINGERS’, ‘CLOSE ENOUGH TO KISS’
FOR FANS OF: BLACK SABBATH, SONIC YOUTH, L7, BIKINI KILL

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