We'll Go Machete - Strong Drunk Hands
Record Label: Cedar Fever
Release Date: August 18, 2011
Clocking in not too far over the half hour mark, Texan Post-Hardcore outfit We’ll Go Machete’s first full-length relies on being an instantly effective listen for any potential supporter. It’s just as well, then, that upfront and instant is precisely the vain in which ‘Strong Drunk Hands’ is delivered.
Powerful and riotous melodies ricochet along the speaker wires with slender, calculated aggression on this effort. And though that may account for a measure that owes much of its credibility to a faultless mixing job, it still refuses to undermine the stylistic, unified musical talent on offer here.
Rather than play it instinctively and rip off any old acclaimed past Post-Hardcore successes, We’ll Go Machete are more prone to delving into separate territories (sometimes, for example, ranging as far out as the hallucinogenic ‘desert-landscape’ Stoner-Rock styles found in the likes of Kyuss and Fu Manchu). And whilst many of their genre-equivalent forefathers may appear slightly recognisable on a few minor instances (the first 30 seconds of the somewhat visceral ‘Robber Baron’ gives one too many ‘heads up’s’ to Quicksand’s ‘Unfulfilled’, and ‘Kids in Front’ wouldn’t be out of place on any Fugazi record), overall WGM still encourage themselves to give wider precedence to the mildly unexplored.
The point is that ‘Strong Drunk Hands’ doesn’t just feed off prior infamy in order to find a safe and respected home. Instead, it holds out a much needed fresh take on the tried and tested and executes its revised formula with great diligence and aplomb. Nathan Tompkins