Bad Blood

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    Their recent album Bad Blood (produced by indie demigod producer/curmudgeon Steve Albini) isn’t just one of the best Irish albums of ‘06, but one of the year’s best, full stop. Although they could arguably be saddled with the dreaded ‘math-rock’ tag, they add a punky/funky element that can get even the most cerebrally-minded folks to move their arses (‘F-Punk’ instead of ‘P-Funk’, maybe?)

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    Boxes is a two piece angular/noise rock band based in Dublin, although I’m sure they originally hail from Offaly. ‘Bad Blood’, released on Dutch label Laterax, is their second full length album and the follow up to ‘Big Ships in the Night, Small Boats In The Morning’, their first album which saw the light of day back in August 2003. So who better to get to produce this new batch of songs other than the legendary Steve Albini, the lads having recorded in his equally legendary Electrical Audio studio in Chicago. Albini does his job but Gavin (guitars, bass and vocals) and Mark (drums and possibly vocals) really do theirs. Highlights are plentiful. ‘Rourke’ kicks things off, Mastodon-esque playing nailing the song down. ‘Name me’ is Slint with Bruce Springsteen on vocals. Well kind of. ‘Walk Man’ has an almost pop chorus decimated by spiky guitars and rhythms while ‘Same Again’ has a vocal normally found on recordings by The Ex. Surrounding these high points are turnes with an array of NoMeansNo and Shellac inspired armoury. Go get.

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The Dublin-based two-piece Boxes recorded with Steve Albini for this album, but it's not Albini's typically straightforward production that makes Bad Blood a success. Unlike a lot of acts that experiment with odd time signatures and complex song structures, Boxes inject as much heart as head into their work. They're still man-machines, but they play with feeling. Consequently, the title track, the humorous, cyclical "Walk Man" and the punishing math-rocker "Q8S" express a kind of joie de vivre that's often lacking in the fiercely cerebral exercises whipped up by the international crowd of serious, college-educated young men who dominate this brand of guitar-driven music. Put away your calculators, boys, and enjoy. The Daily Page USA

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released April 21, 2006

Guitar Bass and Vocals: Gavin Cowley
Drums and Vocals: Mark Hayes

Recorded by Steve Albini at Studio B,
Electrical Audio, Chicago, April 4 – 7 2005

Released by Laterax Recordings 2006

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