ALBUM REVIEWS


Zico Chain
FOOD
HASSLE RECORDS 15.10.07
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And so for a slice of ‘British Heavy Rock’. With comparisons to Queens Of The Stone Age, Motorhead and Nirvana, I had a good feeling about “Food”- which became even better once I pressed play.

Opening track “Pretty Pictures” cleverly combines heavy rock with clear lyrics that jump out and smash you in the face. It’s a statement of intent, and really sets you up for what’s in store.

“Where Would You Rather Be?” starts like QOTSA’s “No-one Knows”, but is still its own animal. The guitar hook that runs through it is a killer and surely a worthy nomination for air guitar track of 2007. Title track “Food” is actually a little bit of a let down by the high standards set by tracks one and two, but then we come to “Junk” and the bar gets raised even further, with a chorus that the band will find shouted back at them by the crowd on their upcoming tour.

The musical influences are clear, but they aren’t to the detriment of the music. Chris’s vocals owe a great deal to Kurt Cobain in the slower, quieter parts of the tracks, but then he puts some more venom in and it changes into something unique.

Other tracks of notes include “Preach”, with its hints of blues guitar and solid drums that surely leave drummer Ollie’s arms aching. The riff in “No Hoper Boy” is spikey and makes it hard not to drum along to using whatever’s to hand, while “Nihilism” is another slice of classic rock. Closing track “Anaemia” (which has a sound of early Bush) has got so much energy it’ll guarantee you feel spent by the end of the album’s stunted 33 minutes.

It’s over all too quickly, but the brief run is probably a good thing judging by how much energy is spent just listening to the band. Their music is fast, hard, energetic and something that must be listened to many times, with the speakers turned up to 11. If you have it on in your car, you’ll end up with a speeding ticket. Or wrapped round a tree. So choose where you listen to it wisely.

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Simon Middleyard