David Cronenberg’s Wife Bluebeard’s Rooms Blang Records
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Ged M - Sep 28, 2008
It’s strange that they’ve been stuck with the anti-folk tag when they’re as much devotees of the darker side of indie rock, and singer Tom Mayne has something of a Mark E Smith or Nick Cave in the strangeness and directness of his grim lyrical thoughts. ‘I Do Know’ is a bizarre tale of self-loathing and bad relationships – “what would you say if I married you, just to get close to your teenage daughter?” – where the inky-black humour has the potential to turn violently menacing in a second. ‘Harry the Morgue’, on the other hand, is just a funny story of an embalmer who loves his work and his boss just a little too much. The Velvet Underground and Bad Seeds are influences on the sound of DCW but above all it’s the Fall, from the screaming keyboards of the single ‘Runaway Pram’ to the fearsome rhythms of ‘Jonny Bentham’s Dilemma’ and the jaunty rockabilly blues of ‘I’m On the Booze Mama’. From jealousy to penile dysfunction to what happens when we’re dead, Bluebeard’s Rooms fearlessly confronts any subject with a dash of the black humour we all use to get through life. It wallows in the grime of urban life, a work of dirty minded genius.