"The awful silence that follows violence"
Lomax come on like a spastic Clash humpbacked with the ghosts of Joy Division and the spirits of the politically serious bands of the 80s.
First track, 'Brought to Rights' is a spitting and snarling attack on something/someone I can't quite work out. The rhythm veers from Bunnymen to * At the Drive-in* and punches the rhythms home in a military assault on the senses.
Second track, 'An End', carries on the same brutal and uncompromising tack. Guitars swirl around in a menacing sonic fog, with vocals that threaten to erupt into some kind of filthy Tourettes spasms.
The key to the record is that it recaptures an era, and the only criticism is that it could be emulating the best of the Cooper Temple Clause, a double edged sword at the very least.
On initial impression, all I can say is that they are either great British contenders for the "new serious" wave of bands like Interpol, or trying too hard to fill that slot.
8Alice Dream's Score