Sunday, December 09, 2007

Two Lone Swordsmen

So there's this English guy named Andrew Weatherall. If you know who he is, the you probably know that I worship him. If you don't know who he is, you probably know some of his work. He's had a hand in some of the greatest records of the last 20 years and is still influencing bands like Primal Scream to this day. I won't go into his past much here, you can read about him in the above links. For now let's focus on Two Lone Swordsmen.

The great thing about 2LS (and Weatherall) is that they never put out the same record. The sonic textures may have some similarities, but the songs are from a brand new point of view and even musical background. 2LS's last record (From The Double Gone Chapel) was a punk-funk, sexy electro record with industrial leanings (I give FTDGC a 9). This time out the electro is there, and Wrong Meeting 2 is definitely danceable, but this time out, the angle is much more rock and roll, if not rockabilly. In fact, if you were to meld all of the last 3-4 Primal Scream records together into one, you'd get something very close to this. It's industrial, it's dance, it's rockabilly sneer and it's funky. There are plenty of atmospheric tracks and less grinding rock in the mix as well, with 2LS not forgetting their dub past, but it's still perfectly cohesive. And it's a solid 9 in my book.

Below is my fave track on Wrong Meeting 2. I think's it's obvious why, with lyrics like this: "The angel on the left said beware of her advances, but the demon on the right seen the way that she dances."

Two Lone Swordsmen- No Girl In My Plan

PS Extra super scene points if you can tell me where they got that cover image. More proof of how much Weaherall rules.


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