Release Date: May 19, 2014
Record label: Domino
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Garage Punk, Indie Rock
Review Summary: It's not CharlesArchie Bronson Outfit have quietly been carving out a name for themselves since their first LP, 2004’s Fur. In that time they’ve posited themselves as an energetic psychedelic outfit with far more talent and potential that makes their relatively low profile seem a little strange.As it stands, Wild Crush is their most complete, well-rounded and accessible record to date. Think of an English version of Darker My Love and we’re getting there.
Coming four years after the streamlined, roughly danceable sound of 2010's Coconut, Archie Bronson Outfit's fourth album Wild Crush returns to the tougher, more unhinged sound of their early work. Down one member (bassist Dorian Hobday) and with the assistance of keyboardist/producer Capitol K (but without the production wizardry of ex-DFA member Tim Goldsworthy, who worked on Coconut), the band's retrenching doesn't represent a retreat as much as it does a reinvigoration, and the brilliant combination of their ferociously noisy side with their restrained, almost sensitive side. On about half the record, beginning with the rampaging psych-punk volley "Two Doves on a Lake," and then throughout, the Outfit play like they're holding on tight with both hands as a storm rages all around them.
There has always been something of a primordial quality about Archie Bronson Outfit, whether it’s in thestomach-churning rawness of their garage-rock inspired sound, the bubbling sexual undertones of their lyrics, or perhaps simply in the facial hair that has been a permanent feature of the London band’s be-bearded existence since 2004’s debut Fur. A decade has passed since their debut and, truth be told, Archie Bronson Outfit haven’t come a very long way. They haven’t stormed the charts, they haven’t moved to L.A., they haven’t made a dubstep album, they haven’t lost their hairiness, and they sound all the better for it.
Much like the World Cup and the Olympics, four years has become the regular waiting time for a new Archie Bronson Outfit album. Fourth album Wild Crush arrives four years on from their last album, Coconut – which in turn came four years after 2006’s Derdang Derdang. However, the delay between albums this time around is much more significant, because Wild Crush is their first release since the departure of founding member Dorian Hobday.
Your favourite bands make you wait. They push you to the edge of your tolerance, almost to the edge of sanity as you wait for news of them. Then it suddenly appears – new single a new album, a new something. After the brief but juicy appetiser that was 'I Was A Dead Duck', their limited 7” release on Speedy Wunderground, Wild Crush is only Archie Bronson Outfit's fourth full-length album in ten years, and is therefore all the more anticipated.
Around 2010’s Coconut, the Archie Bronson Outfit stepped away from the gut-shocked post-punk that broke the band out of the pack with Derdang Derdang and began pursuing a more saturated, sprawling psychedelic sound. The initial foray didn’t work all that well. It was muddled more than meltingly expansive, and it had a trebly, unnerving gloss that suggested tone over substance.