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THE DECIDER! – Unshakeable (Topplers)

Posted: June 26th, 2005, by Marceline Smith

This has got some of the most scarifying artwork I’ve seen in a long time. Think Pop Will Eat Itself gone Acid House. Because of this I was expecting some kind of kerrazy electro pop but instead we get join the dots indie over the three tracks. The cheapo drum machine beats, Hooky bass and mournful vocals of Unshakeable come across as a bedroom Joy Division interspersed with Mark E Smith shouty chorus and somehow carries it off as a ramshackle mess of fun. Recommended has that loping Loaded bassline, laconic Bobby Gillespie vocals and stupid organ and sounds like a bad Primal Scream outtake while Recycle It takes all the bad things about the Happy Mondays and matches them up with some amusingly stupid sound effects. Ironically, for a band named the Decider, they seem to be unsure about what they’re actually doing unless they’re trying to record an entire Indie Top 20 album by themselves. Which would be a brilliant idea, incidentally.


Marceline Smith

Marceline is the fierce, terrifying force behind diskant.net, laughing with disdain as she fires sharpened blades of sarcasm in all directions. Based in Scotland, her lexicon consists of words such as 'jings', 'aboot' and 'aye': our trained voice analysts are yet to decipher some of the relentless stream of genius uttered on a twenty-four hour basis. Marceline's hobbies include working too much and going out in bad weather.


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