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EMETREX: Wish Me Dead (Seriously Groovy)

Posted: June 2nd, 2005, by Tom Leins

Emetrex are the latest in a long-line of lo-fi, high-octane subterranean pop bands that America does so well. Their second album ‘Wish Me Dead’ is patchily brilliant, but brilliant nonetheless. A stripped-down, flame-grilled mix of desert rock, slacker-pop, molten riffs and grunge that manages to be brittle, nervy, raw and woozy all at the same time. If you can imagine Dinosaur Jr covering Sparklehorse using the Jesus and Mary Chain’s instruments you wouldn’t be a million miles away from Emetrex’s badly-blistered stoner-pop landscape. Album opener ‘I Think The Sun Makes Me Move’ is a brutally-short lesson in alt.perfection and sets the tone for their Sonic Youth-interfering-with-Spoon vibes. The album reportedly “chronicles the band’s own creative self-destruction”. I’ll applaud their appetite for destruction, but i certainly won’t be wishing them dead…
Steve Lamacq loves them, I love them, soon you’ll love them too.
A genuine off-kilter treat.


Tom Leins

Tom is a relative obscurity in diskantland. All we know of him is that he's from Devon and that he writes a fanzine called 'Voices from Downtroddendom', so draw your own conclusions from that. Our conclusions are that he's probably got a funny accent and a bit too much time on his hands. So he'll fit right in around here.

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