Are You Kidding Me? No.
Metal Blade Records
03 March 2014
by Gavin Lloyd
Eclecticism – it’s great, isn’t it? Well in theory it is, however more often than not those whacky boundary pushing buggers are not very good. The kind of people who claim to like iwrestledabearonce are often just try hard musos out to impress each other. If you really want to get people’s attention, why not just make outlandish claims about the size of your genitals? It’ll get you plenty of attention and also free up your time to listen to music that doesn’t suck.
I know what you’re thinking “oh, I don’t want to have to talk about my wang so openly, it’ll be awkward, my old chemistry teacher follows me on twitter. I just wish there were more genre busting bands out there who weren’t rubbish”. Well, turn that frown upside down buddy as you’re in luck. Are You Kidding Me? No. from Destrage is a corker and could be just what you’re looking for.
‘Destroy Create Transform Sublimate’ kicks off proceedings with some hulking great riffs, complimented by fret burning twiddling before giving way to Every Time I Die-style party punk. The song rather surprisingly goes on to climax with a string section and schizophrenic electronica. It’s a hell of a way to make a first impression, but sets the tone for a record that takes various unexpected twists and turns, pulling influence from a wide and diverse palette. It stretches from the likes of ‘Hosts, Rifles & Coke’ which sounds like someone has spiked Gojira’s Sunny D and got them to write a Faith No More chorus, through to the colossal ‘Where The Things Have No Colour’, reminiscent of System Of A Down at their most grandiose.
Much like last year’s brilliant Saloon by The Ongoing Concept (one of the last year’s best albums that you all shamefully overlooked, tut tut) Destrage’s music is all tied together by big catchy choruses and an overwhelming sense of fun. Case in point being ‘My Green Neighbour’, a song that includes Dillinger Escape Plan levels of technicality and bouncy nu riffs, topped off by a huge, silly chorus about shooting zombies in the face. For all the band’s efforts to cram as much as possible in, it still remains coherent.
While it may have plenty of reference points that sound a bit like this band or that band, ultimately Are You Kidding? No. is a unique and exciting album. Do yourself a favour and don’t sleep on this album. At the very least it’s a cool new band you can casually drop into conversation with conviction.
Sounds Like: System Of A Down, Dillinger Escape Plan, Faith No More
Standout Tracks: My Green Neighbour, Hosts, Rifles & Coke, Where The Things Have No Colour