We Three & The Death Rattle – Entrances And Exits (Paw//Purr Records)
|We Three & The Death Rattle - Entrances & Exits|
Release Date: 15th September 2017
I’ve been following and covering We Three & The Death Rattle for a while now through a series of uproarious singles and a burgeoning reputation for incendiary live shows, or so I hear. As with so many of bands that come my way, the real test is whether they can turn the promise of a handful of great songs in to an album that delivers on that potential and ‘Entrances And Exits’ is where we find out the truth about this trio. Opening up with ‘I See Static’, WTATDR are off to a flyer with rumbling, tribal drums, a slinky little guitar riff and the seductive, Pussy Galore vocals of frontwoman Amy Cooper. Next up is ‘Stray Rounds’ and the band have already hit their stride, mixing the attitude of the Dead Weather with the angular songwriting of Kate Nash which is hard to pull off – but they do.
There’s a gloriously dirty, Grinderman-esque vibe to ‘Ex Lawman’ and again those drums are in full effect with the combined force of Royal Blood and Sleigh Bells. Now, I’m fully aware that I’m making a lot of comparisons already which is not something I’d normally do but I get the feeling that I’d have a great night with these three, a couple of bottles of Jack and their record collection which they wear firmly on their sleeves. ‘Black Lightning’s Daughters’ has the dirtiest, snarling guitars a la the Black Keys while ‘I’m a Cell of One’ gets its swagger on while Cooper sings unwaveringly, unblinkingly with a real sense of menace and emotional detachment in her voice which is both terrifying and seductive.
|WTATDR - N-Dubz with attitude|
The second half of the album (or side 2 if you’re lucky enough to get this on vinyl) starts with ‘Supernatural Speed’ and those scuzzy guitars are back, bringing a little Jon Spencer and Moriarty to the table this time. ‘Crows’ slows things down a bit and moves in some organ to give things a Tarantino vibe but it’s a necessary let-up from the wall to wall rock guitars and Viking drumming. The keys are given the Manzarek treatment on ‘Kicksville Girl’ as WTATDR go all Riot Girl on us while ‘Bomb Mars’ gets a strong, road-trip groove going and Cooper’s distorted vocal slips in to fifth gear to glorious effect. Recent single ‘(Hail Mary) Sister Six’ closes out the album and it’s as sassy and snarling as it ever was. Now, I hope you’ve got the impression that I enjoyed this album from the review, because I did. But, if I had to mark this down for anything it’s that every track opens with a segment of spoken word from a film (No Country for Old Men in one case, great choice). This is a motif that I like from time to time but for every one of the 10 album tracks to start this way gets a little annoying (largely because I had to try googling most of these to get the references). That shouldn’t take away from the music though, that’s the main thing here and it’s an awesome (un)natural force to be reckoned with so, y’know, get reckoning.
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9th September – Album Launch @ The Cookie, Leicester