That Fucking Tank - Tanknology

Album Review by Chris Cusack | 29 Jun 2009
  • That Fucking Tank - Tanknology
Album title: Tanknology
Artist: That Fucking Tank
Label: Gringo
Release date: 13 July

Let's not beat about the bush: track three on Tanknology, Mr Blood, is surely the best thing put to tape by this Leeds two-piece. It's a throbbing expulsion of baritone art rock and one of the most efficient uses of the two-man template to date. Petitions should without doubt be circulated, then submitted to the UN, if this does not become a staple of indie discos across the UK upon its release. Elsewhere, though never quite reaching those dizzy heights again, raw talent clearly drips from this pair's pores. Stephen Hawkwind, despite its uncharacteristic length, is engrossing and full of good ideas. Where That Fucking Tank distinguish themselves from the pack of angular experimentalists is their shrewd sense of when is best to insert a hook. It's brave and commendable to challenge your audience, but then it's equally praiseworthy to know when to give a little back. Here's a duo well on the way to mastering that balance.

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