Although they could claim to be a shoegazing act, Screen Vinyl Image operate at the harder edge of the genre. In fact, the duo of Kim and Jake Reid have amassed influences from 60s psychedelia, goth, post-punk and electronica on their latest album ‘Strange Behaviour’.
As a statement of intent, ‘We Don’t Belong’ is thoroughly convincing as soon as the powerful intro comes hurtling towards the speakers. It’s fast, effects-heavy and rather aggressive; the title alone speaks of their reluctance to be members of any particular scene. If anything, it resembles Killing Joke covering The Horrors. Elsewhere, the early work of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club is recalled on the rockier ‘Revival’ and there are shades of a gothic New Order for the metronomic ‘Station 4’ .
‘New Visions’ has even drawn comparisons with Joy Division’s ‘Atmosphere’ and its easy to see why considering its elegant glacial melody and sense of doomed euphoria. The most unexpected and thrilling moment, though, occurs after four minutes of the bleak ‘Stay Asleep’ when a shuddering sub-bass instrumental coda kicks in and holds for a further four minutes.
What impresses most about Screen Vinyl Image is not so much the noise levels they generate as a duo but how dense and multi-layered that noise turns out to be. They aren’t related but this couple of Reids are making music their namesakes in The Jesus And Mary Chain would approve of.
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New Order, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, The Horrors