Tuesday, 12 January 2016

THE SHOGUN'S DECAPITATOR - 'Head Hunting' CD review


THE SHOGUN'S DECAPITATOR - 'Head Hunting' CD review


"THE SHOGUN'S DECAPITATOR is a band featuring members of other local bands such as OPIUM LORD, MOTHERTRUCKER, and THE HUBBLE CONSTANT, and where those other bands respectively bring the doom, the riffs, and the... science, TSD bring the FUNK. Throughout these nine instrumental tracks, most (if not all) of which appear to be named after local pubs and clubs of past and present, you'll find some seriously smooth yet booming bass grooves and licks alongside sublime rocking riffs and guitar chords picked and strummed in some of the most creative hooks and rhythms that I've heard in a long time, all driven by pounding yet technically considered percussionary magic (of which the intro to 'Exclusives' is particularly majestic). Dance beats, technical and funky dual guitar play that harmonises beautifully, stop / start song structures that I defy you to not want to move to, and a rock undertone, all culminate to form a somewhat 90s influenced sound that is both danceable and rocking. Check out opener 'Foley Arms Foley Arms', or I particularly like 'Picture House', especially that time change at the beginning, and 'Retreat'. Cool, now let's party."


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