Cadavers Death & Taxes

Cadavers ‘Death & Taxes’
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Debut album from Sheffield based Cadavers – the hardcore band who recently set pulses racing when they took part in the Rhod Gilbert hosted BBC4 TV show ‘UK’s Best Part-Time Band’ – the band whose name references the fact that they are all full time NHS Junior GP’s were championed by Peter Hook who having seen them live commented that Cadavers “reminded me of why I first joined a band…they make you feel so alive”.

Opener ‘Fashion Kills’ perfectly sets the tone and indicates that Hooky was right in his critique; an energetic chugging track that brings together darker tones of death-rock hardcore with a clear strident vocal that many have and will continue to compare to the likes of Frank Carter period Gallows (no bad thing!), whilst ‘Cold World’ ramps up the pace – a sub 90sec bug-eyed rant at the state of the world in 2016; title track ‘Death & Taxes’ pins the blame squarely in the hands of the Government, a visceral blistering rage heading more towards UK82 punk as lead vocalist Cash spits out the “your Government hates you, they want you to die” acid retort.

‘Hole’ demonstrates that Cadavers are no one trick pony, the pace is dropped, the vocals becoming more measured – a track that will certainly allow the mosh pit revellers these boys ignite to draw breath, ‘Social Lobotomy’ side swipes the facile celebrity lifestyle that bombards us daily, and again hints at other influences upon Cadavers; there is just a splash of Meteors inspired psychobilly certainly within the bass line; sinuous, nice and twangy; before ‘Weekend Warrior’ violently pins you to the floor, head snapped back as all hell implodes around you, a dripping raw joyous head rush as Cadavers open up the blast furnace.

‘Old Glory’ samples from a very familiar Charlton Heston speech to the National Rifle Association back in 2000 that included the line “I’ll give you my gun when you pry it from my cold, dead hands” – the vacuous stupidity of the speech effortlessly highlighted as Cadavers point out the well-known gun problem currently tearing America apart.

‘Indifference’ is built around a real heavy duty drum refrain, coloured by a gnarly guitar riff that perfectly matches the nihilistic “I don’t care / You’re talking to yourself / I’m not listening / Why don’t you bother someone else? / I’m not listening” …closer ‘In-Crowding’ looked to be the token curveball, found noises, lots of echo before a stunning rubbery bass takes hold, matched by chest thumping drums – the final assault to the senses!

Cadavers have crafted a seething, vitriolic debut, its more than just a rage – the production is taut, the lyrics thoughtful and provoking; this album will propel Cadavers into the UK punk psyche and will certainly have some of the more established bands looking at who is on route to topple them.

‘Death & Taxes’ is available as a FREE DL.

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Phil Newall is 47, from The Wirral - he earns his living not writing about music nor playing music...though sorely wishes he could. He was fortunate enough to see many of the first generation punk bands when they played the U18's matinee shows at Eric's, Liverpool. As an attendee at Eric's he was exposed to punk rock, dub reggae, art rock, and all manner of weirdness; as a customer at Probe Records he was variously served and scowled at by Pete Wylie and Pete Burns - he has written for Record Collector, Whisperin & Hollerin, and Spiral Scratch and wanted to write a book detailing the Liverpool punk scene; however with 'Head-On' Julian Cope beat him to it...and frankly did a much better job.


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