Thrash Hits

January 6th, 2010

2010 Album Preview: The Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster – Oblivion & Glory

The Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster
Oblivion & Glory (rumoured)
No Death/Black Records
Summer 2010

What they’re saying
In short: not a lot. The Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster have been keeping pretty tight-lipped over their forthcoming third album. It’s been long enough coming – their last album, The Royal Society, was released way back in 2004, and since then there’s only been the four-track In The Garden EP in 2007 to keep the fans satiated.

Information about the new album comes only from hearsay and gossip – recorded in France, the band allegedly shopped it around various labels. before deciding to release it themselves. The album title – still a rumour mind you – comes from a cryptic mailout in 2009 that heavily hinted that the release of a new t-shirt design contained the name of the new record.

Watch the video to ‘In The Garden’ by Eighties Matchbox

Thrash Hits verdict
Above all else, The Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster are a band that inspires loyalty. Having spent as long as independent operators as they did signed to a major label, Brighton’s finest channelers of Voodoo-gumption and Cramps-esque rattle have built and maintained their fanbase thanks to their furious live shows. We doubt we’re alone in looking forward to some new songs being injected into their sets though – no matter how much of a die-hard you are, hearing the same songs year after year can start to get a little old.

With a new lead guitarist in the form of Tristan McLenahan (who replaces Rich Fownes, who left TEMBLD to become the shortest-serving member of Nine Inch Nails of all time), the band have seemingly experienced a burst of creepshow creativity. A brace of songs have recenly appeared on the band’s revamped MySpace page, implying that the full versions of these tracks will make the final album. Ranging from the psycho-skiffle of ‘Monsieur Cutts’ to the Tom Waits-esque croon of ‘So Long, Goodnight’, it sounds as if we’re in for a mixture of darkside delights when the album finally drops.

And that’s one monster of a ‘tache on Guy McKnight, ain’t it?

Is this going to be the cover of the new album?

The Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster – Oblivion & Glory rumoured tracklisting
Monsiuer Cutts
Home Made
Mission From God
So Long, Goodnight