Sub Contra Blues
14 October 2013
by Raziq Rauf
It’s been a while coming, but this is the end product of the heavy riffing that Johnny Truant guitarist, Stuart Hunter was chugging out during the death throes of the Brighton metallers’ demise. It’s a three-pronged attack that post-hardcore, sludge metal and shoegaze. Anacondas is a wonderfully chaotic beast.
Opening with some slowed-down sludge, ‘Moon On Fire’ immediately tells a tale of a British band heavily influenced by that sludgy scene of southern America spearheaded by Mastodon but in songs like ‘Cold Blooded Warm Hearted’ and ‘High Horse’ there are the familiar mathy guitar squeals found in Truant. It’s natural. In general, however, there are more leanings towards Baroness and Kylesa here and the vocals – supplied by all three members, explaining the variety – have a rough-round-the-edges clarity to them, occasionally recalling the sharp yelp of Justin Schlosberg of Hell Is For Heroes but more often there is the warbley reminiscence of Bright Eyes’ Conor Oberst. The pieces of dreamy post-rock sprawling around in songs like the title track and ‘The Witches’ are another ingredient, pointing towards the likes of Swervedriver and post-Jupiter-era Cave In.
It’s a heady mix for heavy music fans but it’s the kind of interesting fusion of sounds that should resonate just as well with metal lifers used to getting their ribcages crushed by riffs as with the casual rock fan looking for an extra slice of heaviness. Sub Contra Blues is a worthy debut.
Sounds like: an excellent and distinctly British take on the Georgia sludge metal scene
Top tracks: Moon On Fire, The Witches, This Night Will Last Forever
Anacondas are playing the Shacklewell Arms in London as a launch show. Here’s the Facebook event. You should go.