Fire In Corridor X
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Fire In Corridor X

For a label that only put out a couple electronic noise releases in their first couple years, Killer Pimp has now had a pretty solid twelve months. Last year, they helped introduce A Place To Bury Strangers to the world with their excellent self-titled debut, and now the label presents the debut from the Atlanta-based trio All The Saints. In keeping with their distortion-friendly docket, Fire In Corridor X is another healthy dose of massive fuzzed-out rock, and it's yet another winner for the small label.

Like A Place To Bury Strangers, All The Saints make a lot of noise for only three people, relying on an array of pedals and a powerful rhythm section to let the feedback flow. Under the fuzz, the group is remarkably straightforward, with a clear and keen sense of songwriting and arrangement that's remarkably accessible. There's a touch of shoe-gazing sheen that coats an almost grunge sound at times, and all the while the group nearly spirals out of control with a dense psych aesthetic. It's straightforward, but effective, and after a short instrumental opener, they blast off the doors with "Sheffield," a powering rock song that has become one of my favorites of the year so far.

"Farmacia" is just as good, with rumbling tom tom drums and woozy guitars that move through alternately stomping and spaced-out passages. It sounds something like "London Calling" by The Clash ran through distortion pedals then dropped into a cave opening. Keeping a good balance of full-on rock and textural, spaced-out moments, the group drifts between Stone Roses-esque mellow-scapes and loud blowouts on "Hornett," and even tries their hand at a loping, country-inspired bar-room sing-along on "Leeds."

They're at their best when they're letting loose or drawing in a breath before laying waste, and songs like the album-titled "Fire On Corridor X" show that the group can write some damn catchy hooks while inverting the pop song structure with huge verses and simmering choruses that play with expectations. With ten songs running a hair under forty minutes, it's a concise debut that hits the mark a good portion of the time while introducing All The Saints as someone to really keep an eye on.

rating: 8.2510
Aaron Coleman 2008-05-29 19:10:25