Louder Than War’s album review: Indian Handcrafts - Civil Disobedience for Losers
Indian Handcrafts – Civil Disobedience for Losers (Sargent House)
Out October 30, 2012
Indian Handcrafts are two guys from Canada that make some of the biggest noise I have heard this year. That there are only two of them is jaw-dropping enough but when you consider that the album was recorded when the guitarist had a broken hand it becomes truly awe inspiring.
They sound like what would happen if you mashed up a load of funk albums, melted them down and then stirred in a truck load of metal riffs and throat shredding vocals along with a pinch of grunge and a dash of classic rock.
This album Rocks. With a capitol R. It swings along beneath the rock with a funky arrogance and wiggle. But mostly this album will blow you away with the super massive rifftastic guitar sounds.
‘Bruce Lee’ (below) has a rock monster riff that would feel at home on an old Iron Maiden album, it’s proper Heavy Metal guitars with a classic Rock vocal, shredded and high. The guitar is embraced totally in this song. ‘Red Action’ has a Southern Boogie feel with a Punk Twist on the vocal. ‘Starcraft’ gives the riffs a real boogie background in the drums and a swinging loose vocal, which of course has a huge riff smashing through over the top.
‘Zombies’ is a full on, guitar driven, sandpaper throat Rock God monster of a track. Think Led Zeppelin being mugged by the dirtiest grunge you can imagine and that’s pretty close. ‘Worm in my Stomach’ is menacing and evil sounding with a vocal that sounds like it’s gargling concrete. ‘Terminal Horse’ is a full on hardcore punk thrash. ‘Coming Home’ goes back to a metal voice and big fat grunge riffs. ‘Centauri Teenage Riot’ chugs and swings like a big old boogie monster.
‘Truck Mouth’ starts gently and turns into a huge, slow monolith of a song. Its riffs crashing down onto you like the ocean. ‘The Jerk’ has a gentle introduction leading into a quirky punk feel that again leads into a total grungefest, it has the loud quiet loud feel. Which goes into the last song ‘Lion at the Door’ a punk metal shout a long with a huge sound.
This album is a modern rock classic. If you like your music loud, your guitars louder and with the voice of a metal avenger then this is most definitely for you.