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Please Mr. Gravedigger
Throw A Beat
Pluto Records
www.pmgwillkillyou.com


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 addictive.

What else can I say; this record is completely worth the experience.

-bishop

Track listing:
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
5) Wales


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