Graham Reid | | <1 min read
Throbbing, danceable gloom-rock is not just alive and well in the hands of Kyle Sattler (The Bennies) out of Tauranga but, on this third album, pushing further into experimental guitar rock.
With swathes of sometimes disconcerting electronics alongside Sattler's stentorian vocals declaiming the angst of the 21stcentury where many are cut adrift from the certainties and symbols of yesteryear (More Dead Than Alive), this creates an immediate impression.
He challenges detachment as an emotional position (Can You Even Feel It?) and the destruction of the esoteric past in the rush to embrace modernity (Abolish, Understanding) and yet still manages to deliver bristling alt.pop-rock (Submerge the Earth).
Eight songs in just 33 minutes -- like Joy Division, pulsing off the bass -- but the impact is impressively focused and Sattler – who plays everything here – never sounds anything other than utterly committed to his dark vision of the present.
We Will Ride Fast launch this album in Auckland on Saturday 20th Feb at Cupid Bar, with Swallow The Rat
You can hear and buy this album (also available on limited edition blue vinyl in a screen-printed cover) at bandcamp here