Scuzzed-up fuzz and rollicking heavy garage blues from the Archie Bronson Outfit, on this their best album yet. Produced by Andy Goldsworthy, the boys flirt with cool 80’s post-punk and even manage to step out onto the dancefloor.


That Archie Bronson psychedlic cover in full glory

Domino Records 2010

Vinyl (On yellow vinyl with bonus dvd & free download code) / CD / Download


Side 1.

1. Magnetic Warrior     (4:54)

2. Shark’s Tooth     (3:12)

3. Hoola     (3:44)

4. Wild Strawberries     (3:03)

5. Chunk     (4:42)

Side 2.

1. You Have A Right To A Mountain Life/ One Up On Yourself     (4:28)

2. Bite And Believe It     (3:34)

3. Hunt You Down     (4:23)

4. Harness (Bliss)     (5:36)

5. Run Gospel Singer     (2:35)


Mark Cleveland – Drums

Dorian Hobday – Bass and Guitar

Sam Windett – Vocals and Guitar

The opening fuzzed up torrent of frantic scuzzy wah-wah peddling and harrowing Cimmerian rendition of garage, leaves us in no doubt that this is definitely the work of the Archie Bronson Outfit.

Carrying on their own distinct re-appraisal of un-gamely r’n’b and distorted blues, this latest release, Coconut, sees our London based feral troupe take on both disco and space rock, under the guiding hand of DFA label producer, Andy Goldsworthy.

On the tracks ‘Sharks Tooth’ and ‘Hoola’, especially, they let their tightened curls unravel and pull on some slacker fitting garbs to tiptoe around the extremes of ESG and Talking Heads. The vocals themselves sound like the West Country cousin of  the Head’s David Byrne put through dreamy echo and dripping reverb, strung out on the heartache and despair of angular emotions.

Plenty of those octave flexing bass lines, tambourine and tight repetitive hi-hat action, fuel these two assaults onto the dance floor, though sorrowful glimmers of distress accompanied by plenty of clattering sonic explosions remind us that the ABO are not just doing this for kicks.

The disco ball effect continues onto ‘Chunk’, where fidgety white funk meets the sounds of revered 80’s Scottish label Postcard, to produce Bowie‘s ‘Shake It’ as though played by Josef K, whilst Altered Images lend some foppish bubbly atmosphere to the mix.

A great infectious effortlessly cool track that unfortunately manages to overstay its welcome by over a minute.

Don’t worry! Our trio still know how to lay down the grime. On  ‘Magnetic Warrior’ they swagger with menace and distortion, taking early dope addled Hawkwind and Amon Duul II influences, and lying on thick, the pre- heavy metal brain haemorrhage inducing bombastic of Blue Cheer.

‘Wild Strawberries’ meanwhile oozes tormented confidence, the repetitive almost threatening manner in the lyrics of “run, run, run around little rabbit, run around” issue forth like a disgruntled sermon delivered by PiL.

Again they sway towards those old punk icons The Fall and ATV but add their very own brand of rabid swamp blues to an already well-traveled path, which is why they’ve taken on Goldsworthy.

Talking of the blues, they make a decent attempt at kicking the Kings Of Leon in the nuts on ‘Harness’, out drawling the southerners at their own game and even knocking the Black Keys to the side during the process.

Oscillating guitar effects, dark metallic drenches and hints of the tablas turn this into a blow out of a jam session, disguised as ‘In Search Of Space’ via Alabama.

We knew that it wouldn’t be long before the Velvet’s showed up, rearing their unseemly heads above the parapet. On ‘You Have A Right To A Mountain Life’ they spit their antagonistic stamp of approval all over it, with sleazed up chords and rambling lyrics about white heat.

The introductory call to pray and snake charmers oboe add a touch of middle eastern promise aligned with mystical alchemy, all amid an overkill of crashing cymbals.

Soon the song shifts a gear and spills over into the onslaught of Beefheart circa Safe As Milk and the sort of lost souls found in abundance on this Teenage Shutdown compilations, sulking garage bands that manage to record at least one great maelstrom of a tune.

Creepy voracious gestures of love are adhered to on ‘Hunt You Down’, an ode to stalking and commitment to carry out threats all backed by feverish cowbells and tight country banjo. Some rather awkward bouncy rhythms and light-hearted twanging offset the ominous foreboding under tone of this ditty.

Something strange happens with ‘Run Gospel Singer’, country folk aspirations flex some muscle alongside Creedence Clearwater reminiscent blues. Marching drums over a sedate melody take us towards lover’s lane, as our hyperbole fucked up noise-niks take a punt at romance.

Coconut is packed full of troubled reflections and highly-strung vocals, all played out over a feverish disco punk blues backbeat.

Terrifying tirades of r’n’b via The Residents and Gang Of Four, along with spacious delirious resonating echo both work like a charm, infusioning ABO with a more reckless but invigorating outlook.

Producer Goldsworthy – synonymous for his work on The Rapture, LCD Soundsystem and Hercules & The Love Affair – steers our tormented souls away from the confines of their usual brand of concrete bunker garage and encourages them to make the leap into the unknown; quite possibly to their advantage.

Already considered as one of the year’s finest releases, make sure you pick it up without hesitation – of course, that’s if you can handle it!

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