JOHN MCASSKILL - Lallmonologe

John McAsskill - Lallmonologe

7 songs
22:06 minutes
***** ****


If you happen to have read one too many Scottish authors in the past, you might expect some folkloristic bagpipe artist hidden behind the name John McAsskill. You couldn't be further off the mark though. John McAsskill is a four-piece from the more Northern and Eastern parts of Luxembourg, who used to be called Causa Re in the beginning of the millennium when they started in Bonn Germany where they used to study. Their location outside Luxembourg should be the main reason why hardly anyone ever heard of them. As John McAsskill, they adopted a much more aggressive way of marketing, by recording a 7-song CD before they even played that many concerts.

The opener Bleiwasser is a short quirky folk tune, before Summerday 2000 Two, not that much longer, has a groovier take on the music. The short Extra Portion Milch seems to be a live track with an absurd introduction and combining stoner rock with grindcore elements, sounding like some bastard SOD offshoot... not that surprising, considering that guitarist Michel is helping out local grindcore kings Fetuxion. The next three songs, 'Mr' White, Zahnweh and Revolution Kids, are the heart of the album, with especially the English songs having a threatening atmosphere, distilling the essence of John McAsskill into a unique combination of stoner, post-grunge, punk, garage (as can be taken from the info sheet) into a dirty breed of rock'n'roll, emphasised by Yves' thundering bass grooves, Michel's understated guitar that just loves to explode in the right moments, together with Natalie's charismatic vocals that carry every atmosphere from non-chalance to hysteric screams. And with Steve, they seem to have found finally a drummer worthy of this band. The CD ends with the semi-acoustic ballad Warum hast du das gesagt?, a strange song at first, with flamencoesque guitars with an undercurrent of heavily distorted electric guitar that transforms the song into an ominous piece of art, reminding of late-70s Gong (although that's probably just a coincidence).

Production-wise, Lallmonologe isn't top rate yet, but the impossible amount of ideas and inspiration make this one of the most refreshing local releases in many months, and I bet that you'll be hearing much more from these four crazy people in the not too distant future. Until then you should spend 5 Euros on this excellent debut which is so different from 90 percent of what you get to hear from this country.

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