Fun and totally deranged, Killsong enter the musical world with hotdog sized explosions.
Scientists say that if you were to give an infinite amount of monkeys typewriters, one of them will type Hamlet letter for letter, punctuation included. Therefore you could also assume that if you gave an infinite amount of monkeys musical instruments, eventually one group of monkeys would play Abbey Road note for note. This album isn’t quite Abbey Road, but it is the closest scientists have got to creating that mythical album once more.
He Is Risen is the debut album from Australian band Killsong. Described by the band as having zero production value, this album is a raw typhoon of music and comedy rolled into a ball, with nonsensical lyrics and piles of laughter. Killsong’s work is a myriad of styles, ranging from metal to rock, rock to funk and funk to poetry. These styles are well and truly mixed well together. The vocalist, a man by the name of Dano (the members have names that sound like cousins of the seven dwarfs, such as Pissy or Lampy), does his job well, from manic screams to heart felt poetry of epic proportions.
‘Dear Anthony’ for example, is a song about lost friendship and the meaning is far deeper than it lets itself appear to be. It’s a song about how times and people change, even if we don’t want them to. Musically the song is an example of the rest of the album, the instruments start and stop with the subtly of a ten car pile up.
The album ebbs and flows as time goes on, ranging from quiet drums with a humming sax, to pounding beats and instruments that sound like their were played by a bunch of ferrets on crystal meth. There is nothing on this album that makes sense, and therein lies the greatness. But, as with all great things, there is also a hint of madness to hand.
This madness is also the album’s greatest weakness, at times there is no flow to speak of as the sound races back and forth. Then there is the issue of the sound itself, at times there is simply not enough music to go around, particularly during the poems ‘Dear Anthony’ and ‘Hotdogs’. Whilst you will be laughing yourself silly, you will also be patiently waiting for the music to begin once more.
What Killsong have essentially created is an album like few others. It is jam packed full of crazy lyrics, nonsensical sound and hilarious sex references. But like a monument made out of scrap metal, sometimes the whole thing seems far too forced for it’s own good. This is the kind of experimentation that’d you’d find in a Nazi’s laboratory in the middle of Eastern Europe, it’s good but also rather unsettling.
However, star of the album does go to ‘Hotdogs’, a sad tale about a sad man who is set up with a she-male escort by his best friend. When he discovers this he decides to kill the man who humiliated him, his wife and kids and then the prostitute in question. He decides to murder them by sending them all hotdogs with evil intentions. As you can imagine, these are not the lyrics of sane people, and you’d be forgiven if you believe that this album was recorded from a mental asylum somewhere, where inmates haven’t seen the sun in fifteen years and the water is pink.
In the end, take He Is Risen as you will, if you want an organised album with proper musical structures such as choruses, verses and bridges then don’t buy it. If you are willing to listen to some of the craziest musical comedy from the country down under, then pick this up and give it a whirl, because you will probably not be disappointed.
He Is Risen is released on 1st June 2013
1. Dear Anthony
2. Pissflap’s Magic Medicine
3. Is That You Mr. Roebuck?
5. He is Risen