Ice, Sea, Dead People – Teeth Union
Upon being confronted with a record by a band called Ice, Sea, Dead People and an accompanying press release consisting of a short story chronicling an incident in which the narrator pisses himself amidst a phone call to his girlfriend, it is deceptively predictable that the apparent humour and charm may simply be a means of compensating for musical mediocrity (otherwise known as “The We Are Scientists Strategy”).
However, Teeth Union’s nine feedback-laden bony punk compositions played too hard and too loud with practically unintelligible lyrics are seriously pleasing things; think White Light/White Heat if it had been recorded in the 21st century by irritated art-schoolers with a budget. It’s not often that a band’s energy is captured so effectively and transmitted so mercifully uncontaminated, we just have to hope that Ice, Sea Dead People don’t consider this a mere demo. [Mark Holland]