MADONNATRON: Musica alla Puttanesca.

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As an Italian, I obviously love the name of the new Madonnatron record. As a music lover, I am obsessed with the Tron. They are one of the most exciting bands around, and if you’re someone who likes your music to be beautifully odd and different- the Tron after for you. This is their second record, and it sounds like a band well into their career. When a band are so sure of their sound, it just makes you love them more than you already did.

The record opens with a slight disco number, Goodnight Little Empire which is such a great way to open a record. What I adore about Madonnatron is that they mess around with all music styles, and make it their own. This whole record is s mash-up of any and everything, and it is just divine. How is this their second record? It sounds like something a band that have been together for decades would make. It’s a solid record that just lifts you up. Music wise, this record is strong and vocally- it’s yet another masterpiece. There is so much growth on this record, and it smacks you immediately on the first song.

Musica all Puttanesca is 11 songs of sheer joy. You cannot help but feel good when you listen to these songs, even if there are a couple of sad elements, the general feel of this record is just blissful and uplifting. I’m not even going to make any comparisons to their debut record; there’s really no point in doing so, because it’s totally different in the best way possible. What I love about Madonnatron is that they aren’t afraid to push their limits. Anything they do is never a repeat of what they have done before, and all great bands do this. A lot of bands I love take this approach, and it’s such a brilliant thing to hear. You don’t want to keep hearing the same songs over and over, and the Tron most certainly are one of the most exciting bands around.

 

 

In just 45 minutes, the Tron blow you away on this record yet again. Songs like Liminal and Sucker Punch are just made to be heard live (I really hope they do them on the tour this month!) and I’m just so excited that I finally get to see them live soon. I should have seen them many times whilst living in London, but something (mainly my panic attacks) got in the way. I guess you have to push through what your minds turns you against at times, right? This is a record that can be played in any order, and every song will hit you again with new reasons to fall in love with it. 2 minutes 40 seconds in Liminal feels like a religious chant or something, it’s like The Shangri-Las meets The Slits in a way. For me, that’s a sound I get quite a bit off this record, and again- it’s another reason to adore it.

Let’s get into the heavier songs for a sec. Superhands is raw, it’s rough, it’s brutal and snarly. It’s the one you play extra loud, it’s the one you absolutely scream back at the band if they play it live. Hell, if they don’t- just belt it out in the comfort of your room, or even on public transport. Get everyone involved with the Tron! Superhands right now is my favourite song off the record, but that’s because I’m needing heavier sounds at the moment, but I’ll change my mind with every listen because there’s no way you can pick just one favourite. No way.

Flesh Pond and Sucker Punch are two other songs I really hope they play live, because there is something in these songs that just makes you move and feel totally untouchable. There’s an unconventional Pop sound in Sucker Punch. I know most turn their nose up at Pop, but that’s because Pop music now is crap (for the most part) but this has something really sincere and pure about it. Sucker Punch is a great song, and it’s slowly creeping up as first place for me at the moment. I adore the vocals on this one, for me this is my highlight vocally. I love how their voices come together and just create this gang-like, almost ritualistic chant. I love that, and I love how powerful this song is and how the vocals really give this song that extra push. I could listen to it on repeat forever, and never get tired. It sounds like something that would be in a really cool superhero film where the hero (actually, heroine) is unexpected/not who or what you think. It’s a powerful song for many reasons. One listen isn’t enough.

Blue Pill has an early 90s Suede/Elastica feel to it, and I guess that’s why I love it so. It’s got something about it that is so dreamy and ethereal. It’s one of those songs you listen to, and just escape the world for a while. You let them take you elsewhere on this, and the world that Madonnatron have created on this record just makes you never want to come back down to earth from. They take you to another world, and this world is unconventional and beautiful.

 

 

Musica alla Puttanesca is an eerie and wonderful record that will spook you in the most captivating way imaginable. Nightmare In Silver is a Halloween jam. Play it all the time mind, don’t limit yourself! It’s a record that you play an insane amount of times, and just get blown away with every listen. I can’t help but fall in love with it every time I listen to it. I’ve had it on repeat the past few days, and I’m pretty sure my brain is currently made up of Madonnatron lyrics/songs. It’s not a bad thing at all. It’s probably better than what usually goes on! (I’m probably thinking about naps, cats, my girlfriend and when I can have a nap…repeat.)

The mighty Tron are heading out on tour in a few weeks. Get your tickets here: https://madonnatron.com/shows.php

FAT WHITE FAMILY.

When I was home for Christmas my uncle and I spoke about Fat White Family. We sensibly agreed that they are one of the best bands around and also one of the most exciting bands around. Their debut record, Champagne Holocaust came out last April. I was an idiot and didn’t mention it as one of my favourite records from last year. I’m making up for it now.

Champagne Holocaust is a brilliant chaotic record. Everything is disorganised and wonky. It makes sense in some ways, but in others it just messes with your brain. This is why I love them. There are 6 of them making a lot of noise; demanding to be heard.

Fat Whites have this psychedelic feel to their music that makes you feel like you’ve taken something stronger than paracetamol. Their sound will weird you out, but at the same time you’ll be totally grateful that you are exposing yourself to their sound. If anything, they’ve perfected the sound that the genius that was (and always will be) Captain Beefheart. The whole weirdness that is found in Captain Beefheart’s music (mainly Trout Mask Replica because that is just off the wall) is found right in Fat Whites. It’s like Don Van Vliet has been reincarnated in Fat Whites music. Their sound is like a drunken riot. Completely out of control but so so good.

I think you know when you’ve found a strong band when they make you wish you had some musical talent, Fat Whites are one of those bands. They are evidently one of the most exciting London bands around. When you listen to them, nothing really makes sense. I’m aware not much ever really does, but Fat Whites really do get inside your mind and fuck with it as you listen to them. Their new song, Touch The Leather (apparently an ode to Daim bars..apparently. It could be drugs though.) is out of this world. Can they just be the biggest band in the world already? Besides, they have a song called Wet Hot Beef- how can you not love them?!

I’m not a person who is too keen on music festivals, they aren’t something I have any interest in. Yet when I listen to Fat Whites, I can just imagine them in a few years headlining certain festivals. If modern music is going to head in this direction, then you know what? ABOUT BLOODY TIME. This is the good stuff right it. Fat Whites are a band for those who don’t get current trends or don’t want anything to do with them. No good comes from following others does it. You forget who you are and what you stand for.

It is fairly obvious that Fat White Family are going to get bigger and bigger. They have a sound that you just cannot ignore. They’re everything you want your favourite band to sound like. They sound like the past, they sound like they’ve had too much fine whisky; they are the truth and the future. They are quite simply everything.

A band that were once a sacred kind of listen are now erupting into something remarkable.

You can listen to their debut record here: http://fatwhitefamily.bandcamp.com/album/champagne-holocaust

Touch The Leather will be out via Hate Hate Hate Records on 10th March.