Zulus II

zulusII is my introduction to Zulus, who also have an album out that isn’t called II, as research on their website has just informed me.

Zulus describe themselves as an attempt at being a pop band by four guys who have since proven clearly unable to write pop songs, which has to be one of the best descriptions I’ve ever seen a band give themselves. They have quite the list of associated acts between them who I have listed in the tags (in case anyone got here because of that and is wondering what this has got to do with anything, a sensation that many of my posts bring out in people).

This is gnarly stuff. I’m reminded of Fugazi and I’m reminded of Puffy Areolas and I’m reminded of Burnt Skull. This is proper in your face, but by god, it doesn’t half get its groove on as well. I’ve been proper eating this up. It’s happy hardcore, in that this is hardcore that makes me happy.

It’s out on Aagoo records, who also brought the wonderful Inutili to us.


Burnt Skull

This….is…..the shit!

My next post was actually going to be on Follakzoid, Echoes of Yul or maybe Rakta, and I will indeed big them up soon. But this noise-fest has just elbowed aside allcomers in a most loud style.

I hate the term ‘noise-rock’ as being even more meaningless than every other genre descriptor going (just analyse it for more than a split second and you too will see why). Apparently that’s the tag that people call them. I’d rather think of it as a kind of stoner-hardcore punk, or a psychedelic screamo-krautrock mashup, but I invite you to invent your own description, or – even better- let it be what it is. For a point of comparison from within my world, I reckon they’ve visited similar psychic spaces to Puffy Areolas.

Apparently the whole album can be streamed here:¬†http://www.12xu.bigcartel.com/product/burnt-skull-sewer-birth-lp-12xu-056-1 (I’m on a non-sound PC as I type this so can’t test it).