There has always been something about fuzzy guitars which has captivated my imagination. The way the right guitarist can use that warm, fuzzy abrasiveness to bend what your ear previously thought was possible is a skill which I’ll never get tired of hearing.
Back in December of last year I reviewed a band called Fire and More Fire who appealed to the music loving part of my brain that I described above. The band’s music was gritty, grimy, dirty and fuzzy as hell. Well, sometime last summer the band called it a day (Booooo!!!!!) BUT their spirit and DNA lives on. Glen and Danny weren’t ready to call it quits just yet and decided to strip things down to 3 piece and “Make the music more direct whist retaining the same sound with a little more spike.” So the Lichfield based pair recruited drummer Dave who had managed to wind up in Lichfield after relocating from Detroit and Deny All Robots was born.
The band’s first recording Knife Games is pretty much everything that I was hoping that it would be. As Danny described in that little quote above there is definitely a directness to the band’s sound, it’s grungy, it’s dirty and it hits you right between the eyes. I don’t think that it’s the most instant of tunes, it took me a few listens to really get into it, but as a first impression and an introduction it works well.
If you were a fan of Fire and More Fire you’ll definitely be feeling this track and the whirring chaos of screeching guitars, intense vocals and thrashing drums will certainly appeal to the 90’s grunge heads among you.
I’m not sure whether I’m ready to go completely overboard on the band just yet but Knife Games is a more than solid opening gambit from a band who are still, relatively speaking, in their infancy.
You can see the band live early next year at the following couple of dates. There will be plenty more to follow in the coming weeks and months.
Fri Jan 8th Paradise Lounge, Lichfield
Sat Feb 6th The Rainbow, Digbeth
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