NACHTHEXEN - 'The Other' cassette review
This is awesome stuff. Punk rock without any guitar; just solid, riffy bass, tight, almost mechanical drumming, shouted female vocals, and a keyboard that sound somewhere between KRAFTWERK and low-budget 70s / 80s horror film soundtracks (think CREEPOZOIDS or anything directed by LUCIO FULCI i.e 'Zombie' or 'House by the Cemetery'). It's rare to find stuff these days that sounds genuinely different, but this really is; the synth sound is somewhat creepy and isn't something that I've heard much in this style, and the way it marries with the highly strung, desperate but angry vocals is something you need to hear to appreciate. Every song on this four track is really catchy, both vocally (with great lyrics) and musically, and has some great vocal hooks that, owing to being based around repetition, will inseminate your mind like few things can. This is especially so in the final two tracks 'Girls' and 'Cheer Up Luv', and the respective, unforgettable lines "it's not a competition; we're not the opposition" and "cheer up luv, it might never happen". Brilliant stuff with a unique quality, the greatness of which is tough to describe.