Release Date: May 26, 2015
Record label: Louder Than War
There aren’t many albums – or bands, for that matter – that can segue between genres without losing identity or focus. Take Robert Lloyd’s world-weary vocal over the twisted jazz of Ripe Old Age: a fantastic, sleazy backroom rant that’s as dark as it gets. It’s followed by Taffy Come Home, the intro of which could, in another dimension, come direct from The Ting Tings.
Nightingales — Mind Over Matter (Louder Than War)I am not quite sure how “Gales Doc” came to be, whether its zine-writerly narrative was ripped from the music press or made up entirely. The song, which purports to quote from a film on the long-running post-punk band, is the kind of satire that works by mostly leaving things as they are and allowing them to collapse under their own absurdity. In any case, the faux (or real, who knows?) documentary script captures a lot of what is unique about the Nightingales’ ferocious, chaotic post-punk aesthetic — while also missing it entirely.