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Spectres grab attention by the throat on Condition


Release date: 10 March 2017
Spectres Condition
05 March 2017, 09:30 Written by Nathan Westley
Media stunts may have earnt Spectres a reputation for being cultural pranksters, but the release of their second album Condition sees this Bristol-based quartet present a stern case for suggesting that the focus should once again be on their music.

Drone happy opener "The Beginning of an End" offers a steady, slow paced introduction to Spectres second long player; but as the album proceeds it becomes abundantly clear that they have much more to their game.

The abrasively heavy "Rubber Plan" with its heavily discordant noise introduction sees them step up with explosively loud bursts of feedback, but it also becomes clear that a lot of these songs owe a large debt Sonic Youth's non-pop orientated past.

"Dissolve" and "Welcoming the Flowers" are others centered around utilising bursts of feedback embracing noise with the occasional drone added for effect, before slowly seguewaying into circular, rif-based sequences that aren't too far away from those embraced by noise rockers A Place to Bury Strangers.

Debut Dying may only have been released in 2015, but Condition sees them already stretch out and attack new territory. Rather than purge away on additional technlogy to add an extra edge, they instead channel focus away from traditional song structures and towards experimenting with white noise and heavy feedback.

Condition often has a slight avant-garde feel to it, but it's ultimately an album full of songs that sound like they've been raised with the sole intent of wanting to jump out of the speakers.

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