Prepare the back of the sofa for a fit of innocent and understandable Dr Who-style fear, three men with electrical flea market instruments and funny eyes have arrived at the stereo. Not that this is mindless sonic shock tactics, however, far from the truth, but you try reasoning with it. Because the Death Ray EP from Brighton-based The Waxworks Waltz says, or rather plays out in a wave of fierce darkness descending, something undeniable about ourselves that we probably don’t want to come to terms with – perhaps that our imagination is the most horrifying instrument at our disposal, or that most of our favourite bands never made demos as great as this.
Opener ‘Dolls Eyes and Marbles’ is indeed a moody affair, with the refrain ”You are dead / There’s no question” circling over sombre but rhythmical (somehow, dare I say it, tuneful) guitar backdrop, whilst the following track ’Live-in’ barges in much more hysterically and plays what may be considered a well-structured ‘song’ but with the understanding that feedback and revving-up are often more exciting/interesting/telling than the verse/chorus/middle eight that they’re supposedly playing warm-up to. Last song ‘To Be A Stillborn’ confounds further by being quite laid-back and beautiful in its own special way, actually, with strumming and plaintive ivory-tinkling and warm electric guitar fuzz – but remember, it’s probably the quiet ones you’ll need to keep more of an eye on. All in all a sound if unsettling set of songs that will creep up on you unexpectedly, and yet from your own doing - like if you’d gone and bought the debut Cooper Temple Clause album a few years back solely on the basis that they had ‘funny hair’. Nice, in a brooding kind of way.
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