De Staat - Machinery
Already a big success in their homeland, Dutch alt-rockers De Staat are now mounting an assault on foreign climes with this, their second album. With a title like Machinery, you could be forgiven for expecting an album influenced by early 90s industrial music and, with the opening salvos of ‘Ah, I See’ and ‘Sweatshop’ sounding like the joyously raucous offspring of Ministry and Cop Shoot Cop, that is exactly what you seem to be getting. That, however, is not the whole story as this as obviously not a band content to be pigeon-holed, as the 60s psychedelia of ‘I’ll Never Marry You’ and the funked-up ‘Serial Killer’ show to great aplomb. Sadly, as is often the case with bands who like to experiment, there are a few real clunkers (with electro-rocker ‘Tumbling Down’ being the worst offender) but such offences are mercifully few and easily forgotten by the time the full-on industrial clanging of ‘Back To The Grind’ brings proceedings to a close. The influences may be obvious and the experiments not always successful but De Staat must be applauded for their distinct and refreshingly unusual approach to their art.