The Misanthropists: ‘TM’ Review

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London three piece The Misanthropists consists of Louie Boffa (Lead Vocals), Marc Aster (Guitarist/Vocalist) and Omar Lacchini (Drummer/Bassist). Awaiting a breakthrough, the band are currently gigging around London.. best advice from 54-46 would be to catch them while you can.

The band site their biggest influences in bands such as Nirvana, Black Keys, White Stripes and Black Sabbath; although listening to the opener of TM, ‘What’s Out There’: who would have thought?

Perhaps unusual for an opener because of what is to follow – ‘What’s out there’ is a truly mesmerising and cathartic experience to listen to. The track glows with afterburn as a wailing guitar pinches highs and doodles laconically over a beautifully tremelo’d drizzling guitar line that keeps the track in check. It just screams out to sit back, light up and enjoy the ride. So we did.

As the memories of the opening psych trip wear off and the phlegmatic opening of ‘Tell Me’ breaks in – it’s a return to consciousness. As the song reaches its hard edged driven chorus, you kind of wonder if it’s the same band that took you miles away 2 minutes ago. Nonetheless hugely satisfactory though.

It is easy to spot the Influence of Nirvana & the Black Keys in their debut’s later tracks– ‘Runaway With Me’ harbours a hard-edged riff and energetic chorus and break down. The Black Keys influence courses through ‘You’ve Got Potential’ – another startling comparison to make to such a fledgling band. The Two-tone garage sounds flows with ebullience throughout this album.

You can even hear a bit of The Vines  in track G.O.D as the clean guitar moulds into a heavily driven & riffed over the chorus. Not a bad comparison to hold in your first effort. “You can pray to your GOD/Let Me Tell you/I’m Gonna Drag you to hell!”

‘Let’s Get Stoned’ is really the track that makes this album for me. A Beautiful beginning as the kaleidoscopic guitar opens – ‘I took some acid but I don’t know why’ – ‘now my hands look massive – and I’m floating in the sky – Oh, Let’s get Stoned’. Witty and laconic lyricism strikes of a band in control of his craft – surely suggesting a bright future for this band.

It might be suggestive as ‘voguish’ to adopt the modern psychedelia approach after the recent popularity but with The Misanthropists its sounds as organic as its 1965 counterpart. It is hugely encouraging to see these sounds coming out of England again and serves as a complimentary book end to the albums opener, ‘What’s out there’.

TM’s bipolar swings between psychedelic and punk rock make it an exhilarating ride,  where much like the drug addled protagonist of ‘Let’s Get Stoned’ – you can never really be sure what’s on the horizon as the next track clicks in. Perfect for keeping you on your toes.

TB

8/10.

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