Sunday 28 February 2016

Dead Rabbits - The Ticket That Exploded (Reissue)

Article by Del Chaney

Originally released back in 2013 via Fuzz Club Records, Dead Rabbits' fantastic debut album 'The Ticket That Exploded' has had a reissuing of sorts! Full of majestic psych-gazing splendour, 'The Ticket That Exploded' is a white-knuckle thrill ride to a psychedelic world of discovery, reminiscent of  The Warlocks or The Black Angels with its layers of melodic, fuzzy guitar goodness, underpinned with throbbing bass lines, pounding drums and those utterly despairing vocal lines! The band were one of the earlier signings to the Fuzz Club stable, having first appeared on their 'Reverb Conspiracy' compilation. Dead Rabbits meld a heady mix of psych and shoegaze together to create something quite special. 'The Ticket That Exploded' was re-issued on the 26th February 2016 and is available on vinyl in standard and deluxe edition. The standard edition (500 copies) is 180g heavy black vinyl, and the deluxe edition (100 copies) is 180g transparent red vinyl. The album is also available on CD and cassette from the Fuzz Club Records online store.  

Track one, 'Heavenly Way', opens proceedings exquisitely. This is a crawling, psych-induced monster that swerves its way through the musical landscape, laying waste to every single thing that it touches. Shuffling drum patterns and a sporadic hi-hat attack mingles within the droning guitars, addictive bass lines and that impressive vocal with ease. Melodic in its splendour 'Heavenly Way' is a sonic call to arms! 'Pulling The Trigger' rides a droning wave of reverb-drenched guitars that perfectly accompany the vocal melody, whilst 'MMB' is a beautiful slice of celestial modern day shoegaze with its layers of guitars and soaring vocal lines. 'Never Fall' is spacious and airy with a vocal that hugs the acoustic guitar progressions as a swirling drone circumnavigates the entire track with aplomb. Tambourines shake and sporadic drum hits keep everything grounded. 'Before I’m Too Late' shatters the serine bubble of the previous track and I'm reminded of early Jesus And Mary Chain in its entirety, while 'Its All In Her Head' swirls and ploughs that overdriven bass line right through the sonic ether cutting a psych-induced path as it goes. Screaming vocals add weight to proceedings as a simple hypnotic synth progression follows the melody brilliantly into the swirling maelstrom of noise.

'When I'm Blue' lazily shuffles into view with sublime sonic grace, looping and arcing all over the musical canvass. If  Happy Mondays ever did psych-gaze then this is how I'd expect it to sound. Absolutely immense from beginning to end. 'It's You' is reminiscent of early Spacemen 3 with its heart-wrenching melodic vocal progressions and intense musical explorations that evoke love, loss and an overpowering sense of foreboding. The album's closer, 'Keep Me Warm' puts a lid on proceedings with a calming, golden, psychedelic hue that seems to float in suspended animation forever. A beautiful ending to a brilliant album.

Dead Rabbits' website

Buy: 'The Ticket That Exploded' (Reissue).

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