Friday, 9 March 2012

Review: Audio Antihero Presents: 'Some.Alternate.Universe' for FSID

Released: 5th March
Label: Audio Antihero
Get it: Bandcamp

You shouldn't buy this because it's for charity, but rather because it's many kinds of brilliant.

Audio Antihero is the DIY label that's not only responsible for one of the finest records of the past decade (Nosferatu D2's We're Gonna Walk Around This City With Our Headphones On To Block Out The Noise) but also does a fine line in self-deprecation. But for all of the disparaging comments on their Twitter about the reviews that their releases receive they've created a nice niche for interesting, but unpretentiously different music.

This compilation, entitled Some.Alternate.Universe is the second of its type put out by the label and features a massive 36 tracks, with proceeds going to The Foundation for the Study of Infant Deaths (FSID). The names spread across the two discs worth of material include both the familiar, the strange and those that we presumed we'd never see anything widely available from and covers all bases in the process.

Which, is something that this review can't hope to do without becoming a tl;dr. So, some highlights then:

Well they come think and fast, with Internet Forever's 'Centre Of Your Universe' providing a succulent, sweet indiepop treat. Contrastingly, BITCHES are riotously noisy, blasting their number out in under two minutes. The real surprise in the opening salvo however is Eddie Argos' other-other band The Art Goblins making an appearance. Mashing what sounds like the riff to '18,000 Lira' to the “the kids don't like it” refrain from 'St. Pauli', 'Disco' is all of the fun you could hope for from one of the men behind this Glam Chops number.

It's always good when Johnny Foreigner crop up too. 'With Who, Who And What I've Got' is a blast of familiarity that reminds us exactly why the band have such a grip on our hearts. Whilst Alexi's side project yr friends shows that even his rough sketches are worth more than most bands other careers. (See also Nosferatu D2 and Superman Revenge Squad).

Whether you lean towards the more abstract or conventional ends of DIY pop there's more than four pounds (the minimun donation) worth of material to explore here. The only problem comes if you're unemployed (like me) and can't afford to investigate any further. There's so many moments that grab the listener here with a piercing emotive impact that you find yourself repeatedly promising to buy records by bands that you've only just heard of. It's why we listen to compilations. Get this one and a charity gets to see some cash too. This is an alternate universe where everyone's a winner.

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