Review: Jesus Makes The Shotgun Sound – Damnant Quod Non Intelligunt

Jesus Makes The Shotgun Sound inhabit a curious world where industrial, gothic and electronic music live in perfect disharmony. The Californian quartet now deliver their new EP which is, at the very least, dramatic. 

From the beginning – with first song ‘Do Not The Clothes Make The Man!’ – the group seem to be combining the grandiosity of Muse with the experimentalism of Radiohead. It’s a track which goes through several detours and never threatens to produce a chorus. ‘Janessa Sais Quoi’ is bold and cinematic and improved by the frontman’s brooding vocals but at other times he tends to overdo it like a camp goth overlord.

The best moments are when the group show more human qualities like warmth and melody. A an example, the symphonic ending to ‘The Moonlit Landerous’ is really rather beautiful but this contrasts with the jarring lack of focus displayed on ‘Split The Pig’. The one time they truly nail it is on ‘My Autumn’s Done Come’ (a Lee Hazelwood cover) and here the band excel as they add the kind of stately arrangement you might have heard on a This Mortal Coil record.

‘Damnant Quod Non Intelligunt’ is certainly inventive but that doesn’t always mean it’s likeable. Yet there are moments when something wonderful emerges from the dissonance.

Web Sites:
Jesus Makes The Shotgun Sound Blog
Jesus Makes The Shotgun Sound MySpace

Further Listening:
Muse, This Mortal Coil, Bauhaus, Radiohead

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