Back in time
5 April 2022
Who: Welsh post-hardcore-punk trio named ‘Best’
at first with barker Andrew Falkous at the wheel
Active: 1996–2005, 2014–present / 3 studio LPs
Anniverasry album: MCLUSKY DO DALLAS
Released: 1 April 2002 – 20 years ago
Pitchfork wrote: “Welsh trio Mclusky is compact, stocky, spastic, and duck’s-ass tight. They’re also giddy and utterly daft. But buzzing… he humor helps to lighten the harsh crunch of their mom-murdering instrumental beatdown– their intensity is balanced by the fact that they’re just damn entertaining. It gives them an outlet for the edginess and a way to take the piss out of themselves. And while it also makes them less revolutionary, it does make them more enjoyable. “So, they’re original, but are they challenging and unusual?” Not so much. But don’t you get enough of that? This is only one of the tightest, jumpiest, straight-up rock albums around.” Score: 8.5/10.
Falkous going red-hot with Future Of The Left in Brussels 2017 – photo by TUTV)
Turn Up The Volume: A cast-iron powerhouse for the 21st fucking century. Loudmouth, wordsmith, slam dunk writer, and barking captain Andrew Falkous is a human volcano. Saw him going nuts a couple of times with Future Of The Left, the a.w.e.s.o.m.e. band he formed afterward.
Stream the full album here…
Celebrating the anniversary of the album
with the first gigs in 18 years in the US.
Remarkable albums from the past…
‘The Difference Between Me And You Is That I’m Not On Fire’ by MCLUSKY
Released: 18 May 2004 – The Welsh band’s third and final longplayer
ALL MUSIC review: “Working again with sonic wizard Steve Albini, Mclusky offer up their rawest-to-date album with The Difference Between Me and You Is That I’m Not on Fire. While
it’s not as catchy or melodic as ‘Mclusky Do Dallas’, the band’s third full-length is just as much
of a thunderous assault. Albini frequently buries the mad screams of Andy Falkous beneath a mountain of scratchy, barbaric guitars, and the band seems, for the most part, more serious than usual…” Score: 4/5 – Full review here
TURN UP THE VOLUME! says: To be honest it was several years ago that I listened to this album and it sounds as brutally fresh and as stunningly striking as then. Top rediscovery!
ALBUM in full…
MCLUSKY: Biography – The Three Albums
And then turning to the left for the future…
(photo: Turn Up The Volume!)