By Kenny McMurtrie
August 9, 2013
In releasing Sheffield quartet Kill The Captains‘ second album Armellodie Records of Glasgow have further extended their reach outside the city of their inception and once more justified their faith in the talented four-some.
Sounds Mean contains only eight tracks but they all do indeed sound both mean and lean, in delivery as well as construction. Not ones to shy away from passing comment on the state of the world they occupy the throwaway nature of modern consumerism, uncaring fat cats and an updated Kafka motif all feature in the space of the first three songs before the powerhouse track that is ‘Share The Load’ wades in to, on the one hand show that love isn’t a lost cause whilst on the other managing to slap the political classes of the planet around the chops.
By managing to combine Krautrock, power-pop and indie sensibilities and playing styles & dive between those and others with nary any effort there’s a clear maturing of talent on display; debut Fun Anxiety promised as much back in 2010 but it’s always gratifying for artists and fans alike to have such expectations met or even exceeded the next time around.
Whilst lacking any tracks of a length comparable to the nine minutes of ’Harper’s Call’ from their debut Sounds Mean benefits from the punchier delivery afforded by consistent pacing and more conventional song lengths. Ending on a further high note in the form of ‘Safety Words’ this is the sound of a young band fully realising their potential and at the same time discovering that achievement has replenished their reserves. They’ll be sounding mean for a long time to come yet.