Geisha and Army of Flying Robots…Posted on Wednesday, May 30th, 2007 @ 9:00am » permalink
Like Tractor, the "Mondo Dell'orrore" full-length (on SuperFi Records) from Geisha, another UK trio, is infinitely better than the material the band offered up a few years ago on the split 10" between the two. Sparse fits of heavily distorted vocals rest deep in the mix behind dense surges of (at times surprisingly melodic) power chord rhythms, thudding bass/percussion, and subdued wails of intense noise textures (also rather deep in the mix), but you really do have to check this shit out for yourself to get a real feel for what's going on. There's a good dose of "skronk" tucked away in portions of the guitar work, while the pulsing rhythms carry a dingy, sludgy churn to their underbelly, and a dissonant post-hardcore ring or even some rather relaxed clean passages seep forth on occasion. Plus they've got a great recording that perfectly benefits their attack with a really warm and natural set of tones that are certainly rugged – and overtly dirty when necessary – but somehow gel together into one big lump of sound without lacking enough clarity to do the job, so the various atmospheres created by the compositions are communicated just fine. There's definitely somewhat of an "unhinged" sensibility happening, but they totally pull it off and keep the material focused and, well… downright moving at its best. I don't know what else to say. I'm really fucking impressed. There's a truckload of diversity herein, but they manage to come across as completely cohesive and powerful, never once do things feel disjointed or particularly chaotic. Well fucking done, gentlemen. I'm sold. This is an excellent, excellent piece of work.
Absolutely recommended, so pick one up if you dig the tunes. Crucial Blast wisely released this puppy here in the US (with slightly different packaging, it seems), so it shouldn't be hard to get your hands on: