The circa-2000 lineup of the Fall was a mighty beast, and their final document was largely made up of songs they’d been road-testing for a while (“Ketamine Sun” had mutated from the band’s live cover of Lou Reed’s “Kill Your Sons”). For its first 35 minutes, it punches as hard as anything they’ve done — “Cyber Insekt” is the rockabilly/techno/Lovecraft hybrid they’d been stretching toward for years, and “Dr. Buck’s Letter” is a brilliant, barbed trip-hop piece in which Mark E. Smith works out new and sinister uses for his voice (and takes a sideways swipe at BBC DJ Pete Tong). The album loses its way a bit toward the end, with a handful of half-baked experiments and “Das Katerer”‘s recycling of the eight-year-old “Free Range,” but it’s still a treat to hear Smith finding new ways to abuse new technology.
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...