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'Life's A Carnival, Bang! Bang! Bang!'
(1234 Records)
Release Date: 28th July 2014

Gary 'Rockulus' Clarke

Rockulus Maximus

bad for lazarus

What's not to love when you're reading a biography of an Alternative rock band and they exclaim: "We like Motown and we like Richard Hell... so we sound like Motown Hell."

I knew in my waters that I was going to find something interesting here. This Brighton-based quintet are setting their sights on breaking the mundane and sprinkling something quirky on the listening experience by keeping true to their abilities and their sound, whilst simultaneously investing some energies on a medley of influences that bend the mind in to an alternative universe when you try to decipher them.

To understand these fellows, it may help to imagine a baby having a tantrum, stomping it's wee feet on the floor to the soundtrack of the Super Furry Animals after inhaling some helium for good measure. The music itself can come across as angry and the twin vocals sitting on top are from an unsettled psychedelic world of thought. In fact the band themselves announced: "We like heavy, nasty pop with guitars; so that is what we do."

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If you haven't clicked on another link already and are sticking with this review, then I commend you heartily. 'Life's A Carnival, Bang! Bang! Bang!' is going to break up the monotony of whatever else has been on your music player of choice, and simultaneously offer some upbeat and busy arrangements for your ears to digest.

So what exactly does this breath of fresh air conjure up for our listening pleasure? With the exception of the opening track, none of the songs exceed four minutes and this is to their advantage. Appealing to those of a short attention span they get in, get out and leave you wishing to repeat the experience. It isn't advised however if you're of a nervous disposition or challenged with a headache.

This glorious high-street of sounds begins briefly with some guitar effects or some such bizarre behaviour before nestling into its rhythm and song structure. 'Tos And Fros' incorporates a melody line which weaves in and out of the musical mayhem. "You're a keeper 'cos you never talk back" shows off their attitude.

Hot on the heels of this opening audible bowl of spaghetti bounces the irresistible quirky 'Caught In The Twist'. Complete with an insane smile from ear to ear, this track prances around as if it was riding bareback on a hippopotamus heading for a muddy bath. 'My Muddle', 'No Cigar' and 'Disco Biscuits (For Breakfast)' maintain this unruly party atmosphere.

'7 Minute Itch' shares a different flavour with what sound like different lead vocalists, but alas I don't have the information at hand to clarify this observation. It's a real highlight on what is a layered album with a long lifespan. The album title is highly appropriate to their sound and personality.

'Life's A Carnival, Bang! Bang! Bang!' kicks sand in the eyes of the mainstream and proudly holds its head high, saluting noise and melody in equal measures. I raise my cup of hot chocolate to these guys and fully expect them to thrash me at a game of billiards.

What is this life if full of care, we have no time to stand and stare, but hopefully we do have time to listen to 'Life's A Carnival, Bang! Bang! Bang!'

Tos And Fros
Caught In The Twist
My Muddle
No Cigar
Disco Biscuits (For Breakfast)
Got Your Nose
Bad Stallion
7 Minute Itch
Old Rats On A New Ship
D For Conversation
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It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.


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MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.


Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

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