Whether we’re sitting down with a good book, flipping through our latest stack of comics, spraining our thumbs during all-night video game sessions, or doodling in a sketchbook, The Pure Mood loves to have a record spinning in the background of our lives. Every week, we’ll spotlight a new album that demands listening.
This is sci-fi superhero garage-metal pop. The album cover really says it all – a Paul Pope style world of surrealist pop, a geek van from beyond time. Indian Handcrafts have been together for near a decade, but this is their first official album release. The two-piece team create an eleven track tapestry of heavy pulp, titles ranging from the mind-blowing opener ‘Bruce Lee’ (which just begs to be used for the maddest kung-fu exploitation YouTube mash-up video of all time) to ‘Starcraft’, ‘Zombies’ and ‘Centauri Teenage Riot.’ Needless to say, this is outcast metal. This isn’t the metal that grows beards, sews patches and pounds beers. This is the metal that reads comic books, thrives on trash pop-culture and dreams of a larger-than-life reality.
And what’s more geek-culture than a two-piece, anyhow? Two dudes who’ve developed an ultimate, unspoken bond, that incredible level of intimacy central to so many heterosexual male relationships…You just feel it here. The themes of comradery and escapism form a loose shape over the whole album, and we get to see how the whole thing really is an exploration of how outcasts live. “It’s been so long / And I don’t believe I’ll make it home” is desperately cried on ‘Coming Home’. It’s also a record about riffs, about loud, loud guitar, destruction-drums and screeching vocals. This is music to listen to LOUD, when you’re reading Silver Surfer comics or doodling monsters in the back of notebooks. If you’re looking for something that will kick your ass with classic heavy guitar riffs, or you’ve just finished that omnibus of THE INVISIBLES and can’t find a soul who understands you, CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE FOR LOSERS has you covered.