Tvesla / John McAsskill - Split-10"

5 songs
25:10 minutes
***** ***

John McAsskill

Where most local bands just can't seem to wait to release their first longplayer in a chic digipak, Tvesla until now only contributed to a split-7" and John McAsskill once did a self-released CD-EP... plus some more compilation tracks. Both bands haven't yet had the will to release an entire album, because this time they teamed together to bring us a neat split-10" album, and the vinylophobes can already exhale: it comes with a free CD-R that has the same songs for your listening pleasure, be it in your car stereo or to make MP3s for your ipod.

One side belongs to Tvesla who use their space for the two long instrumentals L'Assault and Biophil Nekrophil. It's really hard to describe their music, as they don't adhere to any contemporary genre. You could start describing their music as some kind of post-stoner indie noise rock, but that wouldn't do it justice. In fact their sound has always something very unpredictable, although I am convinced that they know exactly what they play. Their freeform indie noise rock works of course best live, but if you listen loud enough, you will get a lot of pleasure out of their crazy meandering tunes.

John McAsskill start their side with two shorter punk tracks. Gebaakskram reminds me a lot of the Sex Pistols' Stepping Stone, but with Natalie's charming siren voice. Not siren like in the Odyssey, but rather like an ambulance. Kalimero (Goes To Kurdistan) is not a political song, despite its title, but you do get a slightly oriental guitar line. School's Out (not an Alice Cooper cover version) has been a fan favourite for many a concert now already, and it's this long song they generally use to close their sets. It starts rather laid-back, with the drums only joining later into the song, and the autumnal feeling makes this one of the band's more melancholic songs.

Both bands work better live, and maybe that's why they haven't released longplayers yet. The sound on this vinyl is ok but lacks the power of more professional productions. Still it's a cool release, in an unusual format, with respect to those who don't listen to vinyl anymore. And considering that both bands are neither emo, nor screamo or any other current trend like street punk, metalcore,... you should check them out if you haven't seen them yet. There may be many good bands in Luxembourg, but few that go their own way as uncompromisingly as Tvesla and John McAsskill.

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