This second release from London noise merchants Collapse is a two-disc package consisting of a two-track single as well as a live DVD, and it unleashes a sound much more representative than their previous EP.Collapse are an abrasive punk band in the vein of Arab On Radar or the Chinese Stars, the latter even more so due to the more dancey/disco beats accompanying some of the music.
Both “Stain Anxiety” and “Sinister Alignment” offer a noisy ear-scraping as distorted top-level guitar metes out scratchy off beat stabs, riffs or palm-muted noise alongside a huge, chunky bass sound, reminiscent of The Murder of Rosa Luxemburg. Vocals are distorted sceeches, yelps and shouts and the drums are upbeat, with “Stain Anxiety” in particular inviting a jerky movement to its onslaught, with the now common but still effective when used well (and used well here) disco beat. “Sinister Alignment” also shows an impressive songwriting combination of what are definite catchier elements in amongst the mass of noise.
distorted top-level guitar metes out scratchy off beat stabs, riffs or palm-muted noise alongside a huge, chunky bass sound
The CD is obviously home-style recorded on a fourtrack which gives it a enjoyable harshness — the DVD of live clips takes this lo-fi sound quality a lot further. The DVD offers six selections of action recorded live at gigs including at Silver Rocket, ranging in length from just ten seconds long to over five minutes. The sound quality is distinctly terrible but the clips offer an insight into the band’s sometimes chaotic live show, certainly complimenting the CD (and also offering a glimpse of Tim Westwood pimping (some ride) — never a bad thing). Overall, impressive and a big step louder than the Collapse EP, but at two tracks we’re still looking forward to a full-length where hopefully the band can deliver a lot more, both more obviously in the number of tracks but also with regard to the bigger stylistic or musical range, which they show in small measures but always hint at.