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Album Review: Jesus Makes the Shotgun Sound - Damnant Quod Non Intelligunt


(Ah Ritualism)

Imagine Radiohead's Kid A for a moment. You know the record. It was heralded as one of the most innovative pop records of the 00s. There was a hint of atypical styles added to the band's alt-rock base. Now imagine completely winging out the pop aspects of Kid A while just leaving the weird stuff and you've got Damant Quod Non Intelligunt, the new EP from Jesus Makes the Shotgun Sound.

Considering the vocals on the record, I was a little worried that the band were going to be a little bit of a Radiohead clone, but they quickly turn things around with all sorts of weird sounds including a deep, brooding low line that stretch what a bass can do. and vocal effects that might make Thom Yorke's head explode--in part because they are just totally bizarre, but also because York would be jealous he didn't think of something so innovative first.

What really separates this record from the likes of early 00s Radiohead is that Kid A was still pop; it was trying to be pop. Damant Quod Non Intelligunt isn't pop. It's everything that bands claiming to be daring try to be, but Jesus Makes the Shotgun Sound isn't trying to be daring. They're just who they are, and that's totally left of center.


Jonny said...

i love this ep

Anonymous said...

one of the worst bands i have ever seen

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