History of Guns Flashes of Light
By Marcus Pan
Im not quite sure what to make of
this CD. Either its really artsy or its just not quite good. Hard
to say. Flashes of Light Part One, for example, opens with whispers and
off-kilter yowls joined with bass-laden synthetic accompaniament. It
doesnt really go anywhere and kind of fuddles about a bit trying to be
surreal but instead coming off a bit too high-brow and intellectually
metamorphic. The bass and rhythm loop that comes in a bit later is interesting,
and vocals gives me a feeling of groanily attempted cliché goth. It
doesnt really like to stay with the music and beat much, instead attempts
to be poetic and comes off silly.
Flahes of Light Part One loses itself as it attempts
experminetalism and becomes different songs in one. One of the latter songs
that is part of this mish mash has a really interesting drumn bass groove
combined with a catchy melody that I swear I heard before but cant place.
This little section is a highlight to
well, the song really considering it
keeps becoming other songs.
The interesting thing about History of Guns is they have an
excellent command of rhythm and bass, paring them off swell and with aplomb.
Drums tracks are a highlight to Flashes of Light, but the rest is just,
well, unnecessary. Id buy a CD of just drum tracks from these folks,
Flahes of Light Part Two is similar in that it goes
from experimental mush to experimental mush, interspersed with interesting
rhythms and nice backing drums. Every now and then theres a hint at a
good track that loses itself as it wanders away screaming into
territory that is better left alone unless your Nick Grey(1) or Thomas Park(2).
Going Hollow gets amateurish mostly, with predictable
guitar strums and more, but the chorus and breakdown areas are quite nice with
heavy rhythms and a techno-laden feel applied to the otherwise boorishly spoken
word lyrics. Likewise I love the dnb of Pattern Death as
well. The rest can go. Lyrics like everything is nothing because nothing
does exist is right out of a teenagers angst ridden weblog. The
rest of Flashes of Light continues similarly in that I really dig
the rhythms and drum tracks and deplore the silly lyrics and spoken word
Methinks that History of Guns should stick to the drum
n bass schtick and leave the goth poetry and surrealism alone. Its
hard to pull that kind of thing off without getting either a) annoying or b)
intellectually high-brow and therefore silly. The group pulls both of these off
through the course of Flashes of Light. But their drums and bass rhythms
are spot on.
Liquid Len Records
Post: PO Box 165, Hertford, SG13 7ZN, UK
(1) I recently wrote up Nicks estranged
Les Eaux Territoriales so his brand of weirdness is stuck in my brain.
(2) Of Autocad13 and Mystified.