B-Film & The Cannibalistic Po Howard Band are a duo from Hobart, Australia, made up of Paul Luttrell and Caitlin Barnett. The name is an in-joke from the pair’s previous band and is also a homage to the Beatles album Sgt. Peppers Lonely hearts Club Band.
After the disbandment of their previous group (King Carousel; a four-piece indie pop band) in December 2012, the two members stuck together and began writing and recording new music in their DIY home studio; music that would soon become their debut LP; B-Film & The Cannibalistic Po Howard Band Strike Back.
The record was released independently as a free digital download. It marked a change in musical direction for both members as they began to draw upon influences from the 90’s British Shoegaze Scene, along with more psychedelic sounds and grittier aural aesthetics.
Imagine a band with all the melodicism of The Stone Roses mixed with guitar flourishes reminiscent of Sonic Youth. B-Film & The Cannibalistic Po Howard Band often bombard the listener with walls of guitar that threaten to drown out the rhythm section but somehow, through superb production techniques no doubt, the drums hold their own and the bass is actually as memorable at times as the guitar work on their latest album, ‘Dasein’.
Standout tracks are everywhere, so it is really a pointless exercise to point them out. For what it’s worth, “Transparent” and “You’re Just To Cynical” are magnificent concoctions that explode through my brain with every spin of this. But there is not a weak track on the album, and the depth of the songwriting is both emotionally and instrumentally rewarding.
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Though I would hesitate in referring to B-Film & The Cannibalistic Po Howard Band as qualifying as pure shoegazers, due to their more up-front songwriting tendencies, I do think that this excellent album evokes similar feelings in the listener.
‘Dasein’ sounds as if the band has tapped into the emotional heart of what the real shoegazers were missing. Anyone interested in the kind of lush rock music that doesn’t seem to get made as frequently as it did during the early 90’s; nowadays we get soulless post-rock and over-earnest emo schmaltz. should absolutely seek out this album.
‘Dasein’ is addictive, the sound gets into your bones and sends chills down your spine. It brings gorgeous sensations, raw and beautiful. It feels new and so original with every song leaving you in euphoria.
It is difficult to imagine that a mix of shoegaze and psychedelic rock can be as beautiful, but this album truly is. The vocals, guitar work and drumming all fuse to form an almost hypnotic body of work.
Anyone who knows the early sounds of the 90’s would hear every trick in this outstanding album. A great example of distinctive wayward guitar riffs and catchy melodies; a must for anyone who wants to bring those days back to life!
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