Wednesday 30 July 2014

Review: Cocksure – 'TVMALSV'


The union of Chris Connelly and Jason Novak – whose careers should by now need no introductions – was always going to prove to be an engrossing assault on the senses. Combining the classic Wax Trax! sound of Connelly's early career and the compulsive beats of Novak the duo revive the Revolting Cocks sound for 2014. Nasty industrial, for nasty people.

It would be very easy for the duo to sound like a fossil from an outmoded take on the genre, but rather than merely replicating the sound, or simply picking up where Connelly and the Cocks left off. They instead approach the project with the same attitude of no set boundaries, just a penchant for uncompromising force. And it works.

The likes of 'Skeemy Gates', 'Guilt, Speed And Carbon', 'Cock Ripped To The Giddy Tits', and 'TKO Mindfuck' all deliver the big beats, dissonant synths and snarling vocals that fans of the late 80s/early 90s ebm meets industrial rock sound will undoubtedly be craving. While the likes of 'Ah Don' Eat Meat, Bitch!' and 'Cokane In My Brain' throw in some smatterings of old school punk and reggae respectively.

It's hard to put your finger on what it is that makes the tracks sound as up-to-date as they do. There's no overt use of edm or dubstep as is all the rage now. Instead its subtle and respectful, even down to the mixing and production which are unmistakeably 2014 but don't interrupt that old school vibe in the least.

As an album 'TVMALSV' works incredibly well. Its a strong union of musical traditions in the form of its members and proves that the Wax Trax! spirit is alive and well without coming off as an exercise in nostalgia. It would have been nice to have a couple more tracks included that had some potential as singles which would give the album more drawing power. But what is here works very well. Hopefully there will be more to come from Connelly and Novak.

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