Castrovalva: You’re not in Hell, You’re in Purgatory My Friend – album review
Castrovalva: You’re not in Hell, You’re in Purgatory My Friend (Brew)
Out: 1st October
Following the recent release of the blisteringly fabulous singles:’SeÃÂ±orita’ and ‘I am the Golden Widow’, Castrovalva (whose bombastic live show we recently reviewed here – Ed) drop their genre molesting album on Oct 1st, and it’s a monster.
The audio equivalent of drunken headspins, Castrovalva have come back to taunt us with just under thirty minutes of chaotic electro rock which sounds like it was recorded by demented imps who have looted an instrument store.
In short, it’s bloody brilliant.
Their time spent touring with the likes of Adebisi Shank, An Albatross, Pulled Apart By Horses, Tek One, &U&I and Melt Banana has clearly paid off. Gone are the heavy flirtations with hip hop which permeated their 2010 release ‘We are A Unit’, and in its place are a collection of deceivingly well-structured tracks which serve to entertain, perplex and delight in equal measure.
Fuzz heavy basslines and Sci fi guitar screeching are accompanied by frantically delivered lyrics which touch upon subjects such as friends, family, fatherhood and broken relationships.
Album highlights include \’Donut’, a stomping, dubstep infused banger, \’The Cavalry’; which is The Melvins covering Bloc Party and \’I am the golden widow’ which is what Fleet Foxes would sound like if they listened to more Dillinger Escape Plan.
If the aforementioned analysis sounds a bit all over the place, it’s because it’s almost impossible to pin this bugger down to explain what the hell it is exactly, and that’s a rare and beautiful thing.
Castrovalva will Tour the UK in October with label mates Nine Black Alps. The dates are as follows:
10th October ââ King Tuts ââ Glasgow
11th October ââ Duchess ââ York
13th October ââ Bodega Social Club ââ Nottingham
14th October ââ Joiners ââ Southampton
15th October ââ Borderline ââ London
16th October ââ Green Door Store ââ Brighton
17th October ââ Clwb Ifor Bach ââ Cardiff
18th October ââ Cooler ââ Bristol
19th October ââ Ruby Lounge – Manchester
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