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The Unkindness Of Ravens are Nina Wagner (vox) and Ben Raine (bass & box) & they combine garage rock beats with more dance infused noises. They’ve just released their debut album which Joe Whyte reviews below.

Despite the rather unwieldy name, TUOR deal is a very compact, hypnotic electro/rock hybrid of a band.

Opening track Viper features Nina Wagner’s sultry death ray vocals over Ben Raine’s fuzztone bass and a sparse drum machine backing. There’s a hint of Suicide’s pulsing, propulsive grooves amongst the industrial carnage.This is not a band that sounds like it takes prisoners.

One can imagine TUOR laying waste to an intimate club venue as well as turning heads at a festival.

Prototype continues the punishing journey with Wagner’s double tracked harmonies softening the intense, almost psychedelic drone-rock behind her.

Single release,You Should Know By Now (Stream above) has something of The Sisters Of Mercy’s heart-starting defibrilation to it. Velvets style guitar replaces the typical bass-driven backing and is all the better for it.

The album has a hint of “side 1, side 2” about it (not a bad thing for us old vinyl-philes) and the second half has a genuinely softer,more reflective sheen to it.

Das Gift reminds me of US 90’s might-have-beens Drugstore in its gentle, lilting yearning. Wagner’s vocals have an other-worldy, aged tinge and the whiskey-soaked lyrics of revenge and want are haunting at times.

White Road is the show-stopper for me. Another song of longing, mistakes and mystery, it positively drips with regret.

Sometimes they sound like two different bands. The bass-driven dance floor monster versus the softer, gentler balladeers.

If anything, this debut album hints that we may have a duo of incredible promise still searching for their identity, and all the better for it.

They’ve made a superb start on their own journey. With a bit of luck, this could be the start of something wonderful
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I for one, hope to join them on the White Road. You should too.

The album can be streamed in full & downloaded from The Unkindness Of Ravens Bandcamp page here.

All words Joe Whyte. More by Joe can be found here.

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Joe Whyte is guitarist with punk rockin' Johnny Cash tribute Jericho Hill and reformed 70's punks Reaction. He has formerly played with End Result, Reverend Snakehips Country Messiahs, God-Fearing Atheists and many, many other failed attempts at rock notoriety. Joe also writes for Vive Le Rock and Louder Than War magazine. He lives in Glasgow and in his other less glamorous life works in mental health.

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