ANTIBODIES - 2019 + 2018 LP
- Label: Drunken Sailor
- Catalog Number: Drunkensailor127
- Availability: In Stock
"Look up the Canadian city of Charlottetown and you’ll learn a decent
chunk of its musical history. Big bands, opera... even fiddle music,
thanks to early Scottish settlers in the province of Prince Edward
Island. What the guide books won’t tell you, for some unfathomable
reason, is that the place is also home to one of the most blazing weirdo
hardcore punk bands on the planet.
Meet Antibodies: Ben, Teajay, Ryan and Brett make a thoroughly scuzzy,
blink-and-you’ll-have-missed-half-the-album racket that shares a lax
attitude to studio fidelity with their countrymen the Booji Boys. So far
they’ve racked up one mighty impressive demo tape and two intensely
enjoyable albums, the helpfully titled ‘LP 2018’ and ‘LP 2019’.
It’s the latter two releases we’re talking about today, since they’ve
been compiled together onto one unmissable slab of wax (equally
helpfully titled ‘LP 2019 + LP 2018’). With each side ten tracks long
and wobbling around the 11-minute mark, it’s clear they’re aiming for
brevity, concision and a speedy approach that’s gonna see ‘em ram as
many full-pelt ragers through your ears in as short a time as possible.
Yes, on first listen it’s a blur of furious energy and brutal power
chords, with barely enough time to pause and take it
all in. But of course, by the tenth listen you’ll have declared them
your favourite band and written them a dictionary’s worth of love
letters, begging them to come play your town.
This ain’t music to savour subtly, or to spin in the background while
reclining gently on a chaise-longue while sampling the finest wines and
most befuddling of gourmandises. This is punk rock in its purest form.
It sounds like Thee Oh Sees, shorn of the krautrock groove and 60s
sprinklings, firing themselves from a cannon straight into a brick wall.
It’s relentless, not that you’ll want it to stop. It’s Black Flag if
they’d only stuck with Keith and realised their songs could all be
edited down to something even more potent. It’s two records from last
year and the year before, juxtaposed to form your favourite album of
2020. Play it once, play it twice, play it over and over again, forever;
Antibodies are the product of and cure for boredom - and boy, do you
ever need ‘em in your life."
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