Bruttally vivid, Please Mr. Gravedigger rocks out on all cylinders
using simple formulas that provide big return. One part punk, one
part rock, one part alternative, 15 parts adrenaline, this band is
hard to compare to others because of the combination of techniques
and choices that put them in their own realm. The most defining characteristic
of their sound is the main vocalists' superbly rending screams that
push the energy of the basic material to new levels.
Track 1 is just a brief introduction to the melee storm this band
evokes, and it isn't until "Seventeen Year Old Piece of Gold"
that the determination peaks and carries across the album. Almost
sounding like Daisy Chainsaw, this song nicely uses guest female
vocals to create something interesting. Every song thereafter goes
for the jugular with good lines, subtle changes and kick-ass momentum.
Production is approached from a song-by-song basis but ultimately
muddies certain elements in favor of bringing the energy to the fore-front.
It is almost a low-fi, garage sound approach that enhances the dirty
feel of the material. Structurally the songs are nothing to brag about,
but are accented at proper moments by clear changes - like in "Wales"
- that add so much to the end product. Instrument clarity varies across
the record, with only the vocals and main guitar reaping the sound
benefits; it wasn't until the last track that I realized there even
was a keyboard as part of the band. It's one of those cases where
they might have had better luck with either less production into the
definitive low-fi territory or more production into a world where
all instruments could make equal impact. Regardless of my speculation
though, the energy captured on this album is amazing, and down-right
What else can I say; this record is completely worth the experience.
1) You Gotta Tame the Beast Before You Let it Out of its Cage
2) Seventeen Year Old Piece of Gold
3) The Nine to Five
4) Rocket Science
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