STARVOX MAG (usa / sept.2003)
by Mick Mercer
DEMO - POPOI SDIOH (Nerves Prod)
THE HORROR SHOW / AUDIOCRASHTEST #10 / WANAWANA / AUDIOCRASHTEST #7 .
A teasing little demo CD with two stupid noisefests (the audiocrashtests) would normally be the sort of thing I’d lob happily into the bin, but this has something. Being ex-Land Of Passions you’d expect quality and you get it.
‘The Horror Show’ is crazed and inventive, with teeming guitar behind twisting, twirling thrilling vocals. I have always loved short clipped vocals going in tandem with brisk jerky guitar, as it always leads to urgency and on this showing they’re like a hyperactive Bauhaus.
The other track, which also works divinely is ‘Wanawana’, with a throbbing guitar lime having its own heart attack, while nastily screwed up vocals spit and brawl. It’s like being held in a stinking dungeon full of smirking, sinister clowns.
Drama seems guaranteed, but without being forced or embarrassing.