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Flies Are Spies From Hell - Nerves Still Beating

Sandy Dickhands   (7 reviews)

Posted: 03/02/2012 | Comments: 1 | Rate:

The short of it - it's completely forgettable. The silver lining (if you like post-rock) is it at least makes you curious enough to look up their other stuff.

The first track, "Nerves Still Beating", starts off slowly with a light, airy melody on guitar. The bass comes in to back it up about a minute or so in. The guitar and bass play off each other for a little while until around 2:15 when the whole thing explodes into a chugging type of harmony with the same guitar melody from the intro playing over it. At 3:00 there's a slight break to let the piano come into the picture and the sound backs off just a bit. At this point the drums become more noticeable, becoming more assertive in the forefront instead of drowned out by the chugging guitar harmony as before. At about 4:30 it's just the tinkling of the cymbals amidst the absence of the intensity heard before. Then about 30 seconds later the full wave of sound comes rushing back in and turns it up to 11. Eventually we return to the familiar melody we were introduced to in the beginning and we fade out the way we came in.

"Axe To The Root" has a big, pulsating build-up in the beginning. And it actually quiets considerably from that even just about a minute before the blow-up happens around 3.5 minutes in. And it's here where the piano comes in amid the wall of guitars. About 1.5 minutes later things slow a bit, let the piano take the forefront, then the wall of guitars come back up and that pretty much takes us to the end of track where we're left with some pounding drums to end it out.

The remix of "Wallow In Threat" isn't anything like the first two tracks and it's refreshing in that way, even if it does sound like a goth dance track. It's basically just 4+ minutes of gloomy fade in/fade out synth.

The remix of "Great Deadener" is a spasmatic (although atmospheric) clubby techno thing. Honestly, there's not much about this track that is post-rock. That doesn't mean I don't like it. I do. It's There's a cool drum machine solo at the end of the track.

The last track, a remix of "King Sly", is a slower paced and heavy, gloomy intro that builds to a a climax a little after the halfway mark. 30 seconds shy of its ending, things are quieted down again with some cute techno noises as the track ends.

Don't get me wrong. I like the first two tracks. And it piques my curiosity of the band enough to make me want to (eventually) check out their other stuff. But overall, this EP is completely forgettable. Which is almost worse than phenomenally sucking. And the remixes are just throwaways as far as I'm concerned. I don't like remixes to begin with. And if I do like a remix, I credit the remixer.

If you're a fan of post-rock, check these guys out and give their other releases a shot. If you're not, this sure as shit isn't going to convert you.

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Holy lol@the band name.

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