As usual there is a plethora of sounds and attitudes ranging from the thumpingly assertive to the downright mad.
Pumf Records - Godspunk Volume 6
Ye Gods! How good is this compilation? Pumpf’s collation of all that is weird, wonderful and uncompromising continues with Godspunk Volume 6. As usual there is a plethora of sounds and attitudes ranging from the thumpingly assertive to the downright mad. Howl in the Typewriter’s Weigh How is a fabulous indicator of things to come. The weird synths couple with an oddly charming melody and increasingly demented vocals. It’s poppy, amateurish and lots of fun but it’s not normal lad, I can tell you.
A number of acts are highlighted on Godspunk; Jaw-D make high energy lo-fi pop songs to die for, (Let ‘em Dance); Evil Jack McDeath creates short, snappy sampled guitar growls (Interference, Hijo de Puta) and Howl in the Typewriter continue to make warped pop throughout the length of the record; (Shitbomb being their affecting take on Sexbomb). The Style Pigs make an eclectic and refreshing racket with stuff like Hog II and the brilliant Mr Hatchet Dead Man.
My favourites come late on; the magnificent Elwyn Temple Meads somehow contrive to keep kitsch out of their affecting tales of the Isle of St Claire (if it is a piss-take it’s still a very charming one, la) and UNIT’s shambolic but utterly riveting Eco Warrior Blues is great. The Haddenham One ft. John Tree’s timorous track is a menacing collage of samples that opens out into a dance track of sorts.
If you’re on the look out for something different, then this is your release, it’s a brilliant compilation.
Words: Richard Foster