FRANA / OPILIONES - Split 7-Inch

Frana / Opiliones - Split 7-Inch

4 songs
11:27 minutes
***** ***
FCE / Munich Punk Shop / Antena Krzyku

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One and a half year ago, I had the privilege to review Opilionesí 7-inch record Constant Doubt, and am more than happy to be hearing them again on their new split 7-inch with Italian band Frana. Both bands are still relatively new, with Frana from Milan having been founded in 2012. This is now their third release, preceded by two EPs, one digital and one physical. The quartet uses their six minutes on the A-side to perform two furious tracks that they might consider themselves as noisy post hardcore, and while the first word truly makes sense, I donít really agree with the two other ones. Frana are actually deeply rooted in the noise rock of the Nineties, with a certain punk attitude that adds hidden melodies to the otherwise pleasantly abrasive sound. Their opener Slumping At The Rate Of Yawn is a perfect exercise in hard-hitting noise rock, reminding me somewhat of Steel Pole Bath Tub, but with a more carefree attitude. The following Youíd Be So Scared On The Treno Fantasma is a good half minute shorter but strangely enough also comes at a more sedate pace, emphasising how two guitars can create definitely more noise than just one.

The B-side belong to Opiliones, and although they come from a smaller Bavarian town, they sound anything but provincial. In fact their stylistic orientation isnít that far away from Frana, except that there is a somewhat more "German" touch to it, by which I mean that Boxhamster and EA80 have left some of their indie noise punk influences. Opilionesí opener No Magic begins with a long instrumental part that is building up tremendous momentum before the vocals join in more than halfway into the song. This is a really cool piece of music, but feels restricted by the physical properties of the 7-inch medium. I could well envision this piece at double the length without losing anything of its mesmerising energy. The following STOA is a shorter track that comes quicker to the point, reminding me at times a little of Fugazi.

Both bands do a tremendous job on this split 7-inch, and my only complaint is that both are so great that six minutes per artist is just not enough to truly enjoy their honest journey into grating Nineties noise rock. One can only hope that Frana as well as Opiliones wonít wait long to treat us with new EP, or dare I hope to write it, even longplayers.

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