The Pale Faces
Guru / Nature Calls
Punk Fox Records (XOF002)
Beginning with a frantic series of swipes from the bass
guitar, Guru settles into a thundering glam-rock groove
which leaves the minimal-but-loaded lyrical refrains of Janice Raw
to do maximum damage to the nerve centre. An intense and tentative
experience, this could soundtrack a scene in a David Lynch film, if
only he was a bit more punk.
The accompanying DVD features more songs with promo films which expand
the visual universe of the Pale Faces but in a weird way compromise
the imagery that the music alone delivers, which is from a world of
ominous shadow-casting question marks.
That said, its great to hear a band whose accompanying press
release doesnt scratch the surface of their potential. Listening
to this record is akin to vigorously shaking a bottle of tomato ketchup
and then realising that the lid isnt on.