McLusky
McLusky Do Dallas


5.0
classic

Review

by HeavyB USER (4 Reviews)
April 25th, 2010 | 9 replies | 1,816 views


Release Date: 2002 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Andrew Falkous thinks your favourite band sucks

3 of 3 thought this review was well written

Andy Falkous can best be described as a nihilist. As the leader of this Wales based three piece he is generally the focal point both on record and stage. He continually verbally berates fans from the stage (often to hilarious effect), spits vile couplets seething with rage and indignation throughout his entire discography be it with Mclusky or the more recent but also excellent Future Of The Left, and generally loves no one but his cat. However his cynicism can often be equated to him being a realist in these increasingly morally bankrupt times. He is a man that performs and writes music as a form of catharsis and by the sounds of it this prevents him from becoming a sociopathic danger to the general population.

After a promising but disjointed debut in "My Pain and Sadness Is More Sad And Painful Than Yours" Mclusky put it all together with their sophomore full length and magnum opus “Do Dallas”. The album shreds from beginning to end with the band’s signature abrasive guitar tone reminiscent of Big Black and Scratch Acid from the Chicago noise scene of the 1980’s while his vocals are screamed at maximal intensity ninety five percent of the time. While the band would release another stellar album in “The Difference Between Me And You Is That I’m Not On Fire” before eventually dissolving, “Do Dallas” would stand as the most cohesive and finest effort in their trilogy of full lengths.

An album containing this type of music immediately brings to mind the work of one man, Steve Albini, making him the obvious choice to oversee this release. "Do Dallas" contains some of the bands most popular tracks in “To Hell With Good Intention”, “Lightsabre Cocksucking Blues” (recently featured prominently in the Seth Rogen vehicle “Observe And Report”), and “Alan Is A Cowboy Killer” but it also has some gems in the deeper tracks like “Day of the Deadringers”, “Collagen Rock”, and “The World Loves Us and Is Our Bitch”. Like all Falkous related projects the bass is high in the mix and can even take centre stage at points throughout the album. Do Dallas is also notable for containing Mclusky's slowest song, “*** This Band”. While it may be delivered in a quieter vocal tone and a down shifted tempo it is no less pissed off than any of the quicker tracks surrounding it. It is perfectly placed at the halfway point of the album to break up the raw riff based rock that both precedes and follows it.

The album is over so fast that it can often induce back to back spins, however this a testament to the albums high replay value and not a detrimental factor. Recognizing brevity as a virtue was exactly the way Mclusky operated as after releasing three solid albums they quickly came to an end as fast as they had began. They were never the type to hang around any longer than they needed to get their point across and they did this admirably with their entire musical lexicon. Though Furture of the Left are now around to satiate starved fans in need of a fix of newer material from Andy and his drum playing co-conspirator Jack Egglestone (who played on Mclusky’s final album as well), one often gets the feeling there will never again be a band quite like Mclusky.


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like a cat
April 26th 2010



133 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

nice review. a bit to fancy shmancy for my taste, but still good.
pos'd

HeavyB
April 26th 2010



177 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Thanks man. These guys definitely deserve more exposure than they got.

greg84
Staff Reviewer
April 26th 2010



7305 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

An excellent review! This band was amazing and the cd is almost a classic one for me.

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HeavyB
April 26th 2010



177 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Cheers. You have excellent taste in music my friend.

Roach
April 26th 2010



2149 Comments


great band, kudos

Yotimi
April 26th 2010



6436 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Not bad but could use a little more substance to back up that 5 rating. Great album but I actually prefer Falkous's later efforts with Future of the Left.

halloway
April 26th 2010



684 Comments


still waiting for my copy of this.... and this doesn't help my itch. good review.

HeavyB
April 26th 2010



177 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Thanks man. I ordered it months ago off Amazon but it doesn't seem to be coming. I guess it will be the one Falkous related album that I don't have a physical copy of unfortunately.

ti0n
June 22nd 2012



1376 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

unbelievable, this band is so unknown

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