Growing (non) Pains

April 9, 2008 at 5:44 pm (Reviews) (, , )

Ah, so, Growing have a new EP out, this time on The Social Registry ( www.thesocialregistry.com/index2.html )  having previously released a couple of albums on the mighty Kranky.  I have no idea why they didnt stay with them, but hopefully it was their decision, and not just a dumb move by the boys at Kranky, because as this EP shows, they still have plenty of creative juices that need expurging all over the drone scene.  After the His Return EP that came out a while ago, Growing come back, however, this time it isnt all loud aural soundscapes and what have you (their first album ky runs into the sea, lulls you into a sense of security before you realise that, actually, its REALLY FUCKING LOUD).  This time, stuff actually happens in their songs!  OMG!  While i realise this might actually be seen as slightly not really being drone (i mean, look at Sunn o))) for a band that stick with what they are good at) it does mean that you have to listen to it, rather than sitting back and letting it wash over you (though, feel free to do that if you wish).  And yes!  They have vocals!  And everything!  Well, apart from drums.  Or bass.  Or anything like that,   but there are vocals for sure!

So they come in more obvious waves of sound this time.  You have peaks and troughs, taking you on some kind of boat journey of blissfull guitar sound (there are sounds on the last track that almost sound like seagulls) (go figure).   Its almost a suprise everytime you hear a riff, because you are so used to prolonged guitar feedback from their previous releases.  But this is only a good thing, as how many times can you realese albums like that before you run out of FX pedals for your guitar to make it sound new and exciting?  We all know what happened to kevin shields now, dont we!

A lot of the other reviews i found while googling for the image all talked about ambience, but i feel that they have moved slightly away from this tag, and making something a bit more adventurous, and maybe making something a bit more epic in the process?

Whatever, I know for a fact that I am going to see them support Boris on tour, and that they are going to be very very good.  See you there?

This album rates higher than another album that i like slighty less

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