Album: Adebisi Shank – This is the Second Album of a Band Called Adebisi Shank

Adebisi Shank are back with their second LP This is the Second Album of a Band Called Adebisi Shank, it’s nice to see their no-nonsense approach to album titles is unwavering. Already sitting at the forefront of Ireland’s considerable post/math rock scene, Adebisi Shank have given themselves every chance of further international recognition to add to last year’s tours of Japan and the UK with an album that marks a serious jump forward for the band.

While the foundations of their sound; fast, unpredictable, loud, dance provoking, remain intact these have been channelled to create more cohesive songs, adding some degree of method to the madness. Renowned for their chaotic live performances, one tends to think of Adebisi’s music as the soundtrack to anarchy, while they maintain this sound on much of This is the Second… there are notable divergences. (-_-) sees the lads enter unchartered territory, looping glitchy hip-hop beats with laid back guitar and water-like synths creating one hell of a chill out tune midway through the album.

Having cemented a name for themselves on This is the Album of a Band Called Adebisi Shank they clearly used this record as a chance to be more expressive and experimental.  For one thing the album has electronics permeating through from start to finish.  This is not to say that the jolting bass and frenetic guitar have been turned down to facilitate a different sound, rather the synths are used to add power to the already formidable punch of the album.

This album represents a step up in Adebisi Shank’s ability as songwriters. They have retained their raw sound, added new dimensions and composed songs with a direction, which don’t fall into the trap of hanging in midair unsure of where to go. Conor O’ Brien chipped in offering vocals which arrive in the form of calming melodies on Frunk and Europa. Logdrum, clocking over six minutes is the giant of the LP. The intro has more than a hint of Animal Collective and the song progresses with subtle tempo changes portraying a patience and craft previously overlooked.

Adebisi are back, they’ve brought all their old tricks with them, but this time they’ve brought a lot more.

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