Reviewer: Jack Johnstone Orr
Released: 8th January 2021
Label: Settled Law
A notable departure from past material, their full-length debut feels like LICE’s conscious uncoupling from the contemporary musical landscape. A conceptual commentary on the band’s perceived banality of the ‘satirical guitar music boom’, they lampoon the cliche across 11 barnstorming tracks. But for all the bridge burning, there is still a touch of the familiar. Deeply rooted in modern leftfield sensibilities, they combine their unique brand of artistic experimentation with the grounding influence of their peers: the industrial thump of Black Midi, the caustic drawl of IDLES, and on closing track ‘Clear’, drafting in the literal croon of Goat Girl. The result is a collection of biting, esoteric hymns that readily combine the earthly and the cosmic.
As featured in the December 2020 / January 2021 issue of DIY, out now. Scroll down to get your copy.
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