Sunday, November 20, 2016

The Bordellos – How To Lose Friends And Influence No-One (2016)




  • Post-punk 
  • Alternative rock 
  • Indie rock 
  • Psychedelic rock 
  • Americana 
  • Lo-fi 
  • DIY 
  • Trance rock 
  • Acid folk

Comment: The English combo The Bordellos started their issue with the statement we don't believe in motherfuckers anymore, which rather used to foretell a pessimistic approach to come. Indeed, it is fastened by the title, being a paraphrase of a Dale Carnegie's writing. Lyrically it hints at many cultural subjects and artists, at times cynically and ironically, at times on nostalgic feels though musically the album is foremost an enjoyable entry into psychedelic and lo-fi littered music. However, the combo provides some dodges into American roots music (involving much harmonica interplay with the rest of a composition) and trance rock, however, the latter having a common part with psychedelia anyway. For me, the musical group associates with contemporary British DIY culture, having joint parts with the likes of The Hirundu, and Clinker, for example. Of course, by listening to this 13-track outing one can suppose about many artists of being obvious influences under it (The Fall, Captain Beefheart, Spaceman 3, 60s acid folk from the UK, Jesus And The Mary Chain, Jandek, The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Bob Dylan among others) I like their critical disposition and anti-pop stance against some cultural appearances and institutions with regard to the song titles (Piss On Spotify, Did The Bastards At The BBC Kill John Peel?, Vinyl Record Stamp Collector) which in turn fortunately is backed up by stark psychedelic touch and ability to create strong, often jam-alike compositions. Listen to this issue and read more about their thoughts in an interview for Yeah I Know It Sucks. The issue is a part of the discography of Small Bear Records.
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