Bands to Watch #169: Deathpodal

By on Friday, 14th May 2010 at 12:00 pm

Most everyone knows that the music “industry” is a very fickle “business” these days. Note the use of quotes. I’m using both those words very loosely here. Still, any artist who’s willing to have their songs unwrapped by ruthless strangers today deserves some props.

Alastair Chivers happens to be one of those artists. His band moniker, by the way, is Deathpodal. I’m not at all certain if I’ve heard anything like what he has just done with his newly released, Exu__Wow. That could be down to me not knowing much about Fugazi, Xiu Xiu, PJ Harvey and Sonic Youth. Those are just some of his influences heard throughout the heavy and raw tracks of his five- track EP, you see.

Deathpodal also hits big on independent ethics and alternative musical stylings, something I’m a bit more familiar with. Such recognition can be heard on tracks like the rather bizarre “Robert” where cyclic multi-instrumentalism winds the track up with a lovely climax of ambiguity. The same kind of mystery can be heard on the “There Is A Map For This” where Chivers’ whisperings progress into angst-ridden yelps and the music just gets a tad more frantic in the end as well.

On the whole, Exu_Wow has DIY written all over it, which again, warrants a fair round of accolades. There’s chaos, there’s beauty, there’s madness and there’s a spirit in Deathpodal. And if one of these checks your box, then this EP is worth at least a listen.

MP3: Deathpodal – There Is A Diagram For This

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