There’s a strong Riot Grrl and hard rock vibe in Drop Tank’s EP, Domina. With heavy metal riffs, Zebidy has a scowling punk/blues voice that are a nice compliment to the album’s strong and bassy drums. The songs are epic and full of pop punk vigor! Drop Tank’s Domina EP’s “gain-heavy” sound has an impressive heavy rock style that will leave you with a sound-hangover! This band should be played VERY LOUDLY in order to enjoy the breadth of the experience that is Drop Tank.
Aufheben is a very French-pop inspired album despite the opening tracks Panic in Babylon and Viholliseni Maalla, which display deep aesthetical realms of Middle Eastern guerrilla warfare.
The album is probably one of the most romantic and optimistic albums Newcombe has ever written. The melodies of the songs are mainly bright, cheerful, and doused with electronic keyboard riffs that repeat major note progressions over and over again, but the songs are whimsical and multi dimensional enough to avoid being overly simplified.
Aufheben is not a post-apocalyptic album; it is futuristic. Blue Order New Monday sounds like a 2095 burning man track where you would find thousands of blue and green teenagers dancing around their burning idol, all singing “You’re gonnah seeeeee!”
The most pleasing thing about this record is that it is coherent, professionally mixed, and full of imaginative sounds and interesting messages. There is nothing complicated about Aufheben. The songs may have several layers, especially Seven Kinds of Wonderful, but Newcombe seemed to have decided to make simple, happy futuristic pop songs in 4/4 (maybe a couple are in 3 /4 but this is not music school), and they came out great. The entire project is refreshing.
It is no secret that indie rock musicologists recognize “My Bloody Underground” as the “Post BJM Age”, where Newcombe seemed to have slipped and hit his head, and moved to Iceland, got really high, and never really recovered from his mental and spiritual shake up before releasing the album. It become clearer that we almost lost the romantic revivalist for good once Who Killed Sgt. Pepper came out, displaying a fragmented album that seemed to show that he got lost in every continent of the planet.
But with this album, Aufheben, we seem to be able to sigh with relief, because the best parts of Anton as a musician are beginning to emerge again…accept the shoegazy psyche folk songs are a lot more European…and that’s ok.
I don’t review albums much (unless I’m paid to do it), but once I was finally able to hear this record in it’s entirety, I was very endeared and took the time to review it at 1 am on a Tuesday morning.
This is a loving, tasteful, and giving album. I would even say it is a forgiving album, therefore, we should forgive Anton for going off to space for a while, because ironically, this album is about Aliens, but it’s probably the most human BJM record ever written.