By Lee Hammond
October 29, 2013
Hailing from Fullerton, California, also home to the mighty Burger Records where Audacity released their previous two LPs Power Drowning and the awesome Mellow Cruisers -Audacity’s latest offering Butter Knife is on the equally awesome Suicide Squeeze Records.
Butter Knife opens with the brilliantly energetic track ‘Couldn’t Hold A Candle’, making ironic references to the album’s title “You’re As Sharp As A Butter Knife.”
There’s an amazing urgency evident throughout the album. The album’s instant, lo-fi, loud, brash and it’s everything you would expect from four guys from California. Whilst it possesses a fantastic lo-fi quality, the album is tighter than most of their contemporaries. Exquisite musicianship is demonstrated throughout, not least on ‘Hole In The Sky’ which is a great garage track. It has that key line that you can envisage audiences screaming back at live shows.
Tribal drum patterns pave the way for most of the album with layers of sharp piercing guitars and complimented perfectly by the shouty delivery of the powerful lyrics. There are some parts where the band try to tone it down, particularly during ‘Rooster’, allowing them to showcase their lyrical sensibilities before diving straight back in to the sound that they’ve definitely mastered.
The opening to ‘Pick Slide’ showcases the bands more conventional punk side, the charging rhythms, lyrics screamed and shouted – its tense. They keep you hanging on right until the end as you wonder whether or not the guys in the song are going to get caught or not!
Audacity are perhaps one of the lesser known bands in the current garage scene and are perhaps not as prolific as some of their contemporaries such as Thee Oh Sees and Ty Segall. Despite this they hold their own and Butter Knife is an awesome collection of songs that showcases phenomenal musicianship with excellent lo-fi production qualities.
The whole record grabs you by the throat and draws you in, holding you there throughout. Even in the quieter parts of the album the band hold your attention and long after the album has reached its conclusion it remains in your head. This album is raw, energetic and will ultimately translate brilliantly into the live setting.