KILLED BY 9V BATTERIES - Escape Plans Make It Hard To Wait For Success

Killed By 9V Batteries - Escape Plans Make It Hard To Wait For Success

14 songs
53:12 minutes
***** ****


The early Nineties were a great time! I had finally passed my exams, Germany became football world champion, Luxembourg nearly defeated the champion in a dramatic 2:3 match, and noise rock had its heyday with bands like Dinosaur Jr and Sonic Youth. Austrian band Killed By 9V Batteries at least succeed with their second album Escape Plans Make It Hard To Wait For Success to take a step back into the golden age of noise rock.

They act so adeptly that you could be misled to think that this had been recorded already many years ago, when recordings didn’t sound so bombastic as today. The instruments all sound pleasantly unpolished and give the album a rather raw touch, although there are also quieter tracks like Force Him To Rule His Own World and Tell The People I’m In Bed With Fever. Whenever they slow things down, Killed By 9V Batteries remind me of Sharon Stoned and Sans Secours, but as soon as things start juicing up, they clearly show their American noise influence. Especially the vocals stand out and occasionally remind of J Mascis. Most songs are rather short, allowing the band to insert everything necessary into this ideal length. Only one piece is eleven minutes long and full of improvisational elements, giving the impression that the band had a bigger vision than they were able to achieve. I prefer instead the psychedelic The Freezer Is On Fire and the screamed Paramount Killing Machine which would put shame to the faces of many modern emo and screamo bands. Later on the band adds some pop appeal, drawing parallels to Placebo with balls.

Apart from the overly long song, Killed By 9V Batteries have done everything the right way, which makes Escape Plans Make It Hard To Wait For Success a treat for every fan of timeless noise rock. Carry on and deliver more of this quality stuff in the future!

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