Here we are again, the longest day of the year/ Y’know it’s all downhill from here.
So said 65daysofstatic way back in 2005. And now we’ve reached the deep, dark reaches of December, where it’s night at twenty past four and trains freeze to a halt. Well, according to 65 the only way out of this must be more light, more obvious optimism and two fucking fingers to EVERYONE WHO KEEPS MENTIONING THE FUCKING MAYAN CALENDAR – stop being so smug.
Every once in a while Big Scary Monsters give me that optimism. They’ve been on my radar for a while, they’ve put out some of my favourite releases and hosted a load of brilliant bands, but I don’t think I’ve really mentioned them on here – although I remember pestering Marcus about them all the time. Run by one man, the all powerful Kev they put out all manner of mathy, angry records: Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly was one of their first (what happened to him??). Their newest offering is brilliant: Axes.
Their first official offering is full of fierce, intersecting riffs on top of rolling snares and builds up into a jubilant finale. BSM do instrumental bands really well, and Axes have some brilliantly catchy riffs packed into just one track, repeated, inverted, and then swept aside by the next riff. And finally a screeching, shredded, tapped guitar solo which is such a passionate explosion after the perfectly rehearsed riffs. That’s not to say that the track sounds forced until then, anything but. It’s lively and emotive, all building up to one final outpouring of enthusiasm. Enough talk: here it is.
p.s. Here’s an early christmas present: Tall Ships covering Craig David’s 7 Days