Falling Stacks: Dogo Argentino EP – album review

Falling Stacks: Dogo Argentino EP (Battle Worldwide Recordings)
Digital release
Release November 11th 2013

Battle Worldwide Recordings sends over another winner in the form of Bristol’s Falling Stacks, a Jesus Lizardy explosion of sound. Chris Hearn takes a listen.

Falling Stacks is, quite simply, lo-fi chaos and sonic experimentation within traditional song structures. The band seems to have a short attention span, and therefore only seems to want to release short bursts of creativity in the form of EP’s. They are doing that once again on Battle Worldwide Recordings, with this being the first of 3 EP’s coming out in the next 6 months.

From the opening scream of ‘White Wild Hare’, you begin an intensely loud and twisted journey, which sadly wraps up just two more songs later with ‘Hospital’, leaving you desperately, DESPERATELY wanting more! By you, I mean me. But, I also mean you, because I’m positive that if you listen to this you will feel the same way.

There is a certain abstract nature to the album, a modern artistic flair, featuring sharp Picasso-ish edges and chaotic Pollock-esque freedom. But, underneath is the heart of a classic rock and roll record, with solid structures and recognizable features that have been seen before in other bands. As a bad comparison, because they haven’t exactly made a huge international impact, Winnipeg based band is one that Kittens would quickly compare this, so if you like Kittens you’ll like this and if you like this, you’ll like Kittens. How is that for a shameless band plug in the middle of a glowing review for Falling Stacks. Mind you, it’s less of a shameless plug than wanting to share good music with a common thread with my Louder Than War friends. Kittens was a band with thudding bass, head knodding primitive rhythms, bursts of bizarre lyrical interpretations and heavy, hard, drudging, grunging, hard edged leanings. That is exactly, to the T, what Falling Stacks is.

 

And, once again, Battle Worldwide Recordings comes through with the win. I’ve said it before, and I’m going to say it again, this is probably one of my favourite labels at the moment. Everything they send me becomes an instant favourite. After Kid Wave and Young Things, I was sold. And, Falling Stacks does not disappoint. I’m looking forward to receiving new stuff from both Falling Stacks and BWR, hopefully sooner than later.

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You can find Falling Stacks on Facebook, Twitter, BandCamp and SoundCloud.

Words by Chris Hearn. More writing by Chris on Louder Than War can be found here.

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