Favourite Album of 2010: Adebisi Shank – ‘This Is the Second Album Of A Band Named Adebisi Shank’

1 Feb

"...a futuristic Japanese computer game sent back in time and presented in audio format."

Adebisi Shank – ‘This Is The Second Album…’

(Big Scary Monsters Records)

And so here we are, with level 2 from the Wexfordian ragamuffins.  For those of you poor unfortunates still unfamiliar with the trio we at The Quilted Generation are here to help.  It’s quite simple really, they are comprised of a drummer, a bassist, a guitarist and a shit load of effects thrown in for good measure.

Technically an instrumental outfit, voice overs aside, Adebisi Shanks style of play is like a hi-fidelity attack on the ears. Best described as a futuristic Japanese computer game sent back in time and presented in audio format.

For those of you who are familiar with these guys and enjoyed their first album then this, their highly anticipated second, is indeed an advance on that. Certainly in musical progression and production; a level 2 if you will. Adebisi Shank are at their aural best when gathering momentum and tension, continually building on it until reaching what can only be described as a juggernaut of rhythm. With the steadfast beats and off-beats of the drums and the intensified Primus-esque bass, they relentlessly march on, led by the ‘which way is North’ guitar playing and effects alike.

Although much the same as their debut album in terms of their uncompromising approach in style and energy, there is a sense that the group are attempting to reach a wider audience. No more so is this evident than on fifth track ‘(-_-)’ which sees the band employing a more laidback tactic. Clearly geared toward the radio friendly masses, it may come as a breath of fresh air to some listeners or a misleading introduction to others.  Nevertheless, it is fantastic stuff.  More please.

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