Shooting at Unarmed Men
Published Jun 01, 2006Cardiffs Shooting at Unarmed Men create driven, claustrophobic songs that sound like they were pulled out of secret corners and dark alleys. Members Jon Chapple (ex-Mclusky), Simon Alexander, and Steve Morgan have turned this band, who have been kicking around since 1999, into a phenomenal conception that embraces dark and pointed sounds and coated them with vocal freak outs and pummelling discord. "A Horse by Day is a Horse by Night is full of these agitated fits and starts, while "Never Follow Me Again rides on distorted arrangements and hard-hitting bass lines. "All Hail Sergio kicks out duelling vocals and guitars that slip into near-drowning depths before climbing back out again into vertical giddiness. "I Cry for No Man spins out on a bouncier rocknroll styling, although the ultimate effect is a bizarre contrast as the rollicking arrangements are offset by uneven vocals. Dont expect this be Mclusky reincarnated. Yes! Tinnitus! carries a simplicity inspired by the Fall and more lo-fi sensibilities, though the frenetic approach still offers up plenty of rough patches.