If you’re not sure where I’m going with the start of this review then please bear with me because it will become clear later on (I hope)! I am going to list a series of words that appear in the press release for the new EP by Alt-Rock band Mortdelamer - colossal, mouth-watering, razor-sharp, dynamics, exciting, soaring. spanking, textures, guile, wizardry, enthralling, innovative, hooky, thoughtful, edgy, intriguing, off-kilter, formidable, impressive, industrious, untapped, infectious, fantastic, dynamically, transcend, gigantic, esteemed, contagious and national status. Now, you would think from reading those that the band I am about to describe is perhaps the bastard child of Queen, Led Zeppelin and Rammstein, but I’m afraid this press release has possibly been written by an over excited child force fed with too much caffeine! Citing influences such as Muse, Incubus and Skunk Anansie also does them no favours as those three bands (whilst not my favourites by any means) would eat this lot for breakfast and spit out the remains because of the bad taste! What I can tell you from actually listening to ‘Words Within The Wires’ is that Mortdelamer, with the exception of a couple of promising mid-song riffs and slightly heavier guitars than you would normally expect from a band of this sort, are drab, depressing, repetitive and bland.
I’m not trying to purposefully trash the band but they sound pretty much like every other female fronted ‘Alt-Rock’ band of which there are hundreds. The rhythm section of Joe Bishop (bass) and Sean Ivens (drums) are adequate as are the guitars and keyboards of vocalist Clare Sutton. Unfortunately, her clichéd voice and lyrics (relationship issues and wise ‘before you’re out of nappies’ angst) that pervades this genre of music just made me want to go into my kitchen and stick my head in the oven. Cover art is also badly handled. What I suspect was meant to be a symbolic attempt at being confused and muddled just looks like a fifteen year old’s ball of elastic bands!
Of course, I’m not naive enough to believe there isn’t a market for this type of music. Mortdelamer already have a fair following on their Facebook page and will probably be heralded as visionaries and the future of ‘Rock’ by Rock Sound and Kerrang magazines. Unfortunately, in my opinion, the last time Kerrang actually wrote anything remotely interesting about ‘Rock’ and ‘Metal’ was, at the very latest, 1991. This is an extremely uninspiring release and the only soaring and colossal it’s going to see is when it’s thrown from a great height into my outside bin ready for the next collection. It also drops a further mark for having the most ridiculous and over the top press release I have ever read.
WORDS WITHIN THE WIRES
Review by Rick Tilley
1st Oct 2012
1) Pieces and Reasons
2) I've Got My Backbone
4) The Hide
5) Searching for Safety
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"...Mortdelamer, with the exception of a couple of promising mid-song riffs and slightly heavier guitars than you would normally expect from a band of this sort, are drab, depressing, repetitive and bland."