Before the Britpop wave rolled in the early nineties, an experimental scene around dance-surface-affine indie bands like Ned's Atomic Dustbin and Pop Will Eat Itself caused productive unrest. The latter set impulses for pop innovators such as The Prodigy with their adrenalin-packed rock style including samples and rap. Not easy for Pop Will Eat Itself, who separated after a successful short career in 1996, to revive old energies. After a first comeback in 2005, the second attempt is now underway - only with frontman Graham Crabb from the original squad. In terms of sound, Crabb seamlessly continues the sound of earlier albums such as "This Is Dhe Day...(...)" from 1989. The sound combines technoides with metal riffs, poisonous punk gestures and staccato vocals. Melodic pieces like the dark "Disguise" remain the exception. Thickly covered with distortion effects, the music conveys a diffuse, excited atmosphere - but without penetrating into more substantial moods. While today young freethinkers like Rusty chase bizarre genre recitations and deformed beats through the laptop, the former pioneers do not take a step out of tried and tested terrain.
Top Track: Disguise