feedtime – the Aberrant years sampler

The sound veers between rock and roll, a rolling country (i’ll be rested) a messy sort of blues (Hear Me Calling) and a more arty, Clowns/Triffids sound in the aforementioned Play With Fire and curtains.

 

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“Avant-garde pub rock” a headfuck term if ever I heard one - but to be fair I can see why it’s used in the blurb on this compilation. feedtime have (or had) a sound that is big, sprawling and enervating. And yes, the overall ethos owes something to the tap-room or the spare bedroom.

This LP is a sampler for the 4 LPs the band made between 1982 and 1989, and if you like Gallon Drunk’s very early records, or Guided by Voices’ Same Place the Fly Got Smashed – or well, pub rock and blues, you’ll like this. It’s simple and direct stuff but never boring; the tracks are explosive statements, sometimes charming and funny, sometimes ugly and nearly always over in two minutes. There are some cracking “musical” moments too; the slide guitars on rock and roll are fantastic and Motorbike Girl is a great wild burn up, simultaneously swivel eyed and ruthlessly determined as it stomps through its allotted time. Sometimes the songs resemble an argument in the bar: the vocals on Play With Fire are tough boozed up growls (a side note -the mournful brass makes it sound like a very, very messy take on Laughing Clowns) and f# is as close you’ll get to getting a drunken soliloquy on tape. The sound veers between rock and roll, a rolling country (i’ll be rested) a messy sort of blues (Hear Me Calling) and a more arty, Clowns/Triffids sound in the aforementioned Play With Fire and curtains.

It’s gritty, flinty stuff, but I suppose that’s what “avant-garde pub rock” is.