Though it was sad to hear that The Great Depression are no more, I was equally thrilled to receive the news that the two core players, Todd Casper and Thomas Cranley, had re-emerged and enlisted two more members to become Admiral Byrd. Doubling the amount of musicians doesn’t always equate to an increase in volume but in this case it definitely does; ‘Goodbye Cruel Worldview’ is huge.
Admiral Byrd’s agenda is set out clearly from the beginning as the distortion-heavy ‘Don’t Touch The Radio’ displays its unwillingness to compromise. ‘Every Day Is A Picnic At The Zoo’ is even more emphatic in its execution and its line of “I’d round up the corporate elite and I would put them in the zoo” sums up the angry tone of the record too.
At its most impressive moments, ‘Closer To Animal’ and ‘Holiday Murder Sequence’ combine towering guitars, beats and atmospheres to create loud but melodic stuctures of noise. Casper and Cranley still remember the importance of space though and ‘Empty Threats’ and ‘Whatever You’re Building’ both apply the restraints for the verses; letting the ghostly vocals and lilting guitars have their say before the FX pedals are fully unleashed.
Admiral Byrd take on the dreamscapes laid down by The Great Depression and convert them into nightmares. Naturally, these are the nightmares which are too fascinating and beautiful to shy away from and they become just as addictive as their previous releases. In fact, the songs often remind me of the euphoric rollercoaster rides which The Kitchens Of Distinction became renowned for.
The Great Depression, My Bloody Valentine, Kitchens Of Distinction