Archie Bronson Outfit have always been a grim-faced but aggressively
inventive band. Two excellent albums precede ‘Coconut’, on
which the trio incorporate dashes of electronica to their druid beats
and serrated guitars. Here,
abrasive and oblique, ‘Magnetic Warrior’ sounds like Sleater-Kinney
covering Xtrmntr-era Primal Scream in a lift shaft, ‘Shark’s Tooth’ has bleak echoes of Joy Division,
while ‘Wild Strawberries’ is high velocity, twisted punk. Meanwhile
‘Chunk’ – and I never thought I’d write this of ABO – is something
akin to bubblegum pop.
While many of the individual elements of ‘Coconut’ are superb, they form an incoherent whole.
But despite the varying stylistic angles, and a couple of tracks which almost
literally scream ‘filler’, ABO’s unique watermark runs through
this record like DNA.
Which makes it pretty damn good.
Since April Jehnny Beth has been making a weekly radio show, the
evidence of which is found in the lounge today.
It’s been put together in hotel lobbies, dressing rooms, any space she can use.
The series, Start Making Sense for Beats 1, viewed collectively, makes up a who’s who of alternative icons and many emerging
For it, she’s broadcast conversations with David Byrne, Ian Mackaye, Shirley Manson, Mike Patton, Romy from The xx, Johnny Marr, Karl
Hyde, Massive Attack, Henry Rollins and Nancy Whang. People who don’t
regularly do interviews.
“It feels strange being on this side [of the mic],” she says settling down,
the winter sun streaming into the room.
“I haven’t been interviewed for a while.
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