Tromatic Reflexxions, the terrific album Mark E. Smith made with the members of Mouse on Mars (whose Andi Toma turns up here on “Is This New”) under the name Von Südenfed, may have re-convinced him that spending a bit of effort on production was a good idea. In any case, this 2008 set found yet another new lineup’s grumpy, minimal rock riffs augmented by curious studio gestures and abrupt shifts in fidelity. Its centerpiece is the jaw-dropping rant “50 Year Old Man” (“…and I liiiike it-uh!“), the longest studio track the Fall have ever released, in the course of which Smith accuses Steve Albini of being “in collusion with Virgin Trains against me.” The best piece of songwriting here, though, may be the fist-in-the-air punk rocker “I’ve Been Duped,” for which keyboardist Eleni Poulou takes over lead vocals.
By Wondering Sound Staff on 07.11.13 in Icons
Roughly 75 people have been members of the Fall over the last 35 years or so, but only one of them has been in every lineup: inimitable vocalist/lyricist/ranter Mark E. Smith, whose singular and monomaniacal vision drive...
By Andrew Parks on 09.17.14 in News
As TV on the Radio get set to release their first album in four years on November 18, co-founder/producer Dave Sitek has revealed his latest business venture. Much like his Federal Prism label, the ACME Creative Group is...
By Garry Mullholland on 09.09.14 in Features
The U.K. post-punks on the self-sabotage of their bizarre live album 'Document & Eyewitness.'
By Andrew Harrison on 05.10.13 in Reviews
Like pigeons, the council dog catcher, street drinkers and the Queen, it feels like The Fall have always been with us. One day they will disappear and we will wonder who we are without Mark E. Smith's free-form jeremiads...