Death From Above 1979 – The physical World
The most amazing thing about this album is that it carries on exactly where Death From Above 1979 dispersed eight years ago. Some people may be disappointed by this but I congratulate them. After tempting the rock world in with two short but tantalizing albums in 04 and 06 the two piece band separated indefinitely leaving admirers of the bass, drum duo praying for a return. Those fans had to wait eight years but now they have not only returned but returned to form.
Despite the raw, distorted sound of DFA being replicated by bands such as current rock duo Royal Blood, the music they create still sounds as fresh as when the band first cracked a hole in the music scene in the noughties. The energy and solid sound created is still very much their own. Fans of the band back in 06 will immediately recognise the sounds crackling from there speakers and people new to the band may feel as taken aback as I did in my early teens.
When people call for a bands return and the band answers them calls they often try something different. A different style, a new instrument or a more mature sound. However sometimes they give their audience exactly what they want, what they have missed, the sound they loved. Death From Above’s Jesse F. Keeler has grabbed the same bass, tuned it to the same setting and let rip.
Punky, grungy rock peeled back to simplicity. Grate aggressive riffs, loads of drums and a dirty distortion. The are few breaks between tracks, the music is none stop and the album has a grate flow from start to finish. Every time your concentration starts to lax there is a grate bust of energy or a gritty riff that piles the music back on top of you. The album ends with the epic sound of The Physical World which manages to leave you wanting more, even after years of … wanting more.
Make sure your in a secure, safe place. Isolate yourself and move away from any distractions. Get comfy, brace and listen to Repent Replenish Repeat.
Scroobius Pip is an artist who’s lyrical elegance and intelligence draws you to listen carefully. His intensity and topic sensitivity is what holds your attention unfalteringly.
Dan Le Sac is a producer and DJ who exaggerates the lyrical intensity with beats that don’t just accompany Pip’s words but submerges them in emotion.
Repent Replenish Repeat is the latest album by this unique somewhat un-categorizable duo. This album has been much anticipated by the big, ever growing fan base that follows the band. The witty way pip spits meaningful messages has found him with many loyal followers. This album comes two years after the spoken word artists second solo album Distraction Pieces which climbed as high as 8th on the ITunes chart. Distraction pieces had more of a rock based soundtrack and a faster tempo then the previous two Dan le Sac vs Scroobius Pip albums. This gave Pip a different dimension but less focus, the songs were wilder, some tracks sound like a call to arms then a well worded thought or message. With Repent Replenish Repeat, Dan Le Sac keeps that tempo and intensity from Distraction Pieces while framing the lyrics in emotion.
This intensity is the thing that separates this album from previous Le Sac – Pip projects. There are no light hearted tracks to escape the dark themes that flow throughout the album. The duos second release The Logic Of Chance had Cauliflower, Last Train Home and The Beat, Angles had Thou Shalt Always Kill and Fixed. Repent Replenish Repeat lacks this rest in what are full on, heavy records. The effect this has is the album seems much more serious, it’s a lot to take in and there is no escaping it.
RRR still has the chemistry to draw fans back from the bands past adventures. Opening track and first single Stunner bangs the drum and says we are here, the same way The Beat That My Heart Skipped did in Angles. Scroobius Pip’s lyrics stretch from questioning the state of modern rap music to daughters in mental hospitals. The lyrical content of the album peaks on the track Terminal which tells you the tale of a terminally ill women spending her last night on a drug fuelled high with a man she had only met that morning. Scroobius pip tells that story in first person through that mans eyes. “I’d met her that morning in the waiting room at 7AM, and 16 beautiful hours later, I’d never see her again.” This epitomizes just how intense this album is, an intensity which accumulates in the last track You Will See me. You will see me shouts an anger we have all felt, an anger which leaves us speechless but what Pip has put into destructive words.
Dan Le Sac vs Scroobius Pip have been on their own pedestal in British music since their first album Angles in 2008. Since then they have just grown in popularity and they are only going to get bigger. The band is unique and exciting but most importantly, they are good for music.