MARVINS REVOLT - Marvins Revolt

Marvins Revolt - Marvins Revolt

6 songs
18:19 minutes
***** ****


When the info sheet already claims that the band has no new approach towards music, you should be wary, but as things are, it seems that someone was overtaken by an assault of modesty. True enough, noise rock has been alive and kicking since the mid-Eighties, but it never was a truly successful movement, and Marvins Revolt from Denmark take advantage of that genre's comparatively small exposure. Like many really good albums, it takes some time to get deeply into it, and if the first time makes you think that this is just generally good noise rock, then a closer ear will reveal that everything works perfectly together. The instrumental opener Rich Man's Life + Love gets you to appreciate the musical duality of this young band, with drums and bass doing a varied rhythmical backbone with a sense of melody, while the two guitars seem to rival each other. This competitive playing is best heard on JeJune, where the six-stringers distort themselves so heavily that in the end you are immersed in an incredible noisescape. Surfin' The Sun also prominently features wild guitars, although this time they create angular melodies that only hint at melodies, but it's this experimental approach that makes listening to Marvins Revolt so much more interesting.

The band is compared to Sonic Youth, Shellac and My Bloody Valentine, although the latter always had a more ethereal and less rocking attitude. Two other names I was thinking of are very early Dinosaur Jr (the slightly nasal vocals are not that far apart) and Jello Biafra's underrated Tumor Circus, who had a some over-the-top attitude with crazy guitars. You can download the EP at the band's homepage, but if you're into noisy guitar music that is excellently done, then you should try to get a copy of this short monument of distorted genius.

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