SIDCA: Jizz Crate – album review

SIDCA

SIDCA

JIZZ CRATE

DL/Cassette

Sharted Jeggings

Out now

Louder than War’s Ioan Humphreys continues to hunt out his favourite new bands from the most disparate of places and finds SIDCA.

Continuing the theme of delving into the world of noise and grindcore, hunting out and following ‘interesting’ noisy twitter accounts, I came across a digital and cassette label from Aberdeen, Scotland called Sharted Jeggings. They had everything going for them. The name. The graphics. The list of releases. And when the label owner Craif got in touch regarding his latest release, an album called Jizz Crate by SIDCA. There was no way I was passing this up!

Opener, Outside Shite is full of wonky electronica and a gentle beat. Complete barely audible repetitive childlike vocals, it’s annoyingly catchy. Dinna Change Yer Cloot has throaty vocals and a clanging, almost industrial beat that is blended in with reverb soaked guitar replete with skewed solo. Animal Candles has brilliant clanging guitar, fast percussion and noisy vocalisation. A tune worthy of Throbbing Gristle. One of the stand out tracks of the LP.

The Hardest Boy In Dyce is a synth heavy and blissed out track. That is until mental abstract noise is added on top and the band sound like France’s AIR falling down a metal fire escape. As the LP progresses, it becomes clear that this is a collection of disparate sounds that somehow make some sort of sense? Parcel Of Rogues is the closest the band get a ‘proper’ song, albeit sounding like Robert Pollard channelling The Pogues after a few. It grows on you.

Spikey Sea has The Shipping Forecast start this minimalist synth and guitar noise mess. Laid back vocals singing about the ‘spikey sea’ and the simplest of beats are punctuated with ear shredding guitar noise. Final track Gemmill is another stand out with a bombastic drum beat that runs throughout with what sounds like a Whirlitzer organ. Noisy guitar and low in the mix vocals add to the left of centre weirdness coming out of my laptop speakers right now.

An absolutely mental LP that makes little sense on first, second or third listens. In fact, there is little that makes sense throughout the relatively short running time, yet there are so many beats, noises, shapes and rhythms crammed into this LP. Joyful in its randomness, yet brimming with ideas, I can’t wait to see what SIDCA has to offer next. Thank you Sharted Jeggings!

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Buy the album here

Sharted Jeggings can be found at their bandcamp and they also tweet as @ShartedJeggings

Words by Ioan Humphreys. More writing by Ioan can be found at his author’s archive. You can also find him on Twitter at @ioan_humphreys.

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