McLusky CD review [Too Pure/Beggars Banquet]

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McLusky CD review [Too Pure/Beggars Banquet]
Sep 24, 2002, 04:12


MCLUSKY McLusky Do Dallas CD

Having seen McLusky before hearing its debut album, I overlooked the British trio's infectious cross-breeding of the Pixies with Jesus Lizard. I guess I was captivated by the drummer's ability to play like an insane Jim Kimball (oops, oxymoron, JK is insane) and chain-smoke through the ENTIRE set—even lighting up, um, fag after fag while bashing away at his drums. Sure, the obvious dynamic verse and explosive chorus format was apparent live, but the band seemed all the more driven by dementia rather than music. On record, with the sonic stamp of Steve Albini (who, as just about anyone knows, also recorded the signature albums by the Pixies and Jesus Lizard), McLusky cranks up the Black Francis factor with wacko speak-screamed neo-dada lyrics and that familiar squealing single note ring. But, the aforementioned dementia seeps in further and keeps the album from seeming entirely derivative. However, that demented energy lacks the weird pop hooks that made the Pixies so unique. McLusky Do Dallas is a great sounding record by a frantic and tight band that clearly wants to eradicate all bands that take themselves too seriously—and that's all well and good, but they'd need more intriguing songs before I'd let McLusky do me. [Too Pure/Beggars Banquet]

-Dave Clifford

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