Fin Du Monophone

MeatDraw, Self Righteous Records

When glancing over the track list of MEATDRAW’s Fin Du Monophone, one might begin to wonder if this band are the genuine folk-punk article, and not the toilet wall ramblings of some drunk, screwed up emo-rock kid. From the opening, ‘Are We Gonna Die?’ right through to the finale, ‘We’re Not All Gonna Die’, MD convey a strong disposition for the socially inept and the mentally collapsed; for eerie ghost towns, black magic and the ever encroaching APOCALYPSE. And yet, should you get your mits on a copy of Fin Du Monophone, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the band’s genuine exuberance, warmth, and positively infectious energy. In fact, MEATDRAW do a great job of uplifting, rejuventating and brightening the heck out of their audience. With a larger than life cast and an unmistakable big band / big sound feel, MD are certainly living up to their moniker as carnival companions. Just as the musicians of MD are likened to a ‘zombie army of freaks and gypsies’, so too can the host of shifty, and menacing undesirables, so deftly depicted in the tales of Fin Du. Mix this with a heavy dosing of Page France cuteness, a sprinkling of Herman Dune’s Parisien twang, a spattering of The Unicorns indy-pop goodness, and a mickey full of Win Butler vocals. Then chuck in a full bodied chorus of merry singers, punchy show tunes, bleating horns, accordian, and ukelele, and voila! You have yourself a most generous and succulent serving of MEATDRAW.


~ by artmalikwolf on September 30, 2009.

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