Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Review: Alpha Male Tea Party - Droids (Superstar Destroyer Records)

With a name like Alpha Male Tea Party, you tend to assume a bit of madness in the music they make. Oh boy, do they like madness. Coming right out of the gate tweaking and thrashing like a wild bull, Droids is a bombastic mass of frantic riffs, blasting bass and stuttering drums. Sounding like At The Drive-In during a sugar rush, AMTP’s songs all hold a sense of delirious joy in the chaos being created. With song names like ‘You Eat Houmous; Of Course You Listen To Genesis’ it’s pretty hard to not smile when you can hear how much fun the band is having.

Droids is an attempt by the band to put to music their frustrations with the drudgery of monotonous offices, faceless corporations and the 9 to 5. Yet when you have songs titled as 'I Haven't Had A Lunch Break Since Windows Vista Came Out', you get the sense that maybe they aren’t trying to send much of a message. Instead, using that pent-up energy to smash some guitars and let loose.

Droids is an album of joyful noise, yet when it decides to slow the pace, the outcome is breathtaking. ‘Your Happiness Was Stored On A Hard Drive And Is Now Corrupt’ transforms from a slow building ballad into an immense wall of shimmering noise and gives the album a new spur of life. The jerky math-rock riffs are enjoyable, but it’s the combination of this chaos with those moments of sheer bliss that bring depth and richness to the mix. Underneath all the explosive noise there’s a method in the madness, a beauty just waiting to be unearthed.

Words: Alex Adams

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