THE SICK CITY VOLUME ONE
COMPILATION THE SICK CITY RELEASE:
FEBRUARY, 2002 REVIEW: APRIL 4, 2002
awaited, this compilation. It's been in the works for at least a year
and a half, and undoubtedly left a considerable amount of Raymond Watts
fans lying sleepless at night, saliva running down the sides of their
little mouths while fantasising about what irrational steps the grunting
superhero of depraved samplabilly might take next.
the fact that this compilation - featuring exclusive tracks from five
different projects, with the better part of them smeared all over with
Watts' greasy fingerprints - manages to live up to the high expectations
imposed on him is a good degree on its own. The two brand new Pig songs
presented here seemed like a bit of a step back to begin with. Recorded
with the Pig live band, they appeared rhythmically heavy-handed compared
to the smattering machine grooves of previous releases. But like all the
best Pig songs, these grow from harmless little piglets to dribbling,
tequilaguzzling prime swines within the space of a few listens. Gold to
shit and back again. "Suck Spit Shit" is a full on metal assault,
but still bearing the trademark, almost pop choruses of earlier Pig, whereas
"Take" is a slower affair. More spacious and laden with effective
orchestrals, it turns into a sleazy boogie. The perfect slowdance for
One" also features Sow doing her first pop song. "No Candy"
is two and a half minute of sugar coated rat poison, with Anna Wildsmith
actually singing to the bouncy beats of Euphonic. "My House"
is, by contrast, a darker affair, that sees her back to spoken word, and
a claustrophobic backing track by Watts.
provide more of their minimalistic, monotonous electronica rock. "Punch
the Deck (Dirty)" is the catchier of the two tracks, and enlists
the vocal aid of Watts, but is unfortunately slightly spoiled by a production
that sounds way too much like dull 90's dance music. "Vapour",
on the other hand, is less melodic, but grows with time and has a nice,
crunching guitar sound.
CD debut shows Pig Orchestra defiling music history in a suitable fashion.
This cover project first go through a rather fabulous version of "Are
Friends Electric?", only to then mutilate the ballad "The First
Time Ever I Saw Your Face", where Raymond Watts' vocal delivery finds
new, even more deep-throated dimensions than normal.
the compilation off is the new constellation The Sick, who may or may
not be a one-off. Their one track, "The Hard", is a banality
compared to the rest, but they should have all credit for ripping Joy
Divisions "Isolation" off so shamelessly.
all the other featured bands having new albums in the pipeline, "Volume
One" certainly gives renewed hope about the state of current music.