Indian Handcrafts
Civil Disobedience For Losers


4.2
excellent

Review

by Greg Fisher STAFF
November 1st, 2012 | 59 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: An unabashedly fun stab at spacey stoner punk.

With such acclaimed bands as The White Stripes, The Black Keys and Big Business getting plenty of publicity, the option of guitar-and-drums duo has recently become increasingly popular in rock music. The possibility of doing more with less has also appealed to two Ontario-based musicians who decided to form Indian Handcrafts almost ten years ago. It was only a matter of time for Brandyn Aikins and Daniel Allen to get noticed and sign a record deal with high-profile Sargent House.

The result is a thrilling debut disc that effectively displays the unique style of this two-piece. In a nutshell, Civil Disobedience For Losers fuses titanic riffs of sludge metal with punk-inflicted song structures and an occasional detour into space rock. It's an unabashedly fun record that may be indebted to the ground-breaking work of Melvins, yet it has its own fairly discernible style highlighted by no-frills production by famed Toshi Kasai (Melvins, Big Business).

One aspect that distinguishes Indian Handcrafts from a multitude of bands loosely tagged as stoner rock is that their songs are equally adept at bringing on swampy, groovy-as-hell riffs as well as swift, if often eccentric vocal harmonies that make the record distinctly accessible. Breezy boogie romp of “Red Action” and highly infectious vintage rock of “Coming Home” showcase how widely alluring this disc might be.

The duo also does a great job at balancing a heavy rock onslaught with layers of delay-heavy guitar play which provides their songs with a psychedelic vibe. “Starcraft” is an impeccable showcase of such tendencies merging biting funk rock with spacey guitar effects akin to Hawkwind. Instrumental “Truck Mouth” serves as an even more straightforward space rock reference brimming with splendidly unravelling guitar leads.

Although Aikins and Allen are not exceedingly adventurous when it comes to dynamics keeping their songs brief and to the point, there are numerous surprises to be found like some rather inspired gospel singing midway through “Bruce Lee” or a jazzy breakdown that brings a sense of relief to otherwise crazed “Zombies.” Due to this high level of songwriting dexterity, the album never feels pretentious bringing in equal amounts of good humour and precisely conceived riff attack.

Civil Disobedience For Losers may not exactly be a perfect record: there still seems to be some room for improvement especially in the song craft department. However, its blend of potentially unrelated genres feels no less than refreshing. Indian Handcrafts have come up with a highly addictive fusion of stoner and punk rock that needs to be explored more thoroughly in the future. For now, this is a bloody promising debut.



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menawati
Contributing Reviewer
November 1st 2012


16125 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

sounds interesting, want to listen, any streams ?
posd nice review

greg84
Staff Reviewer
November 1st 2012


7464 Comments

Album Rating: 4.2

Thanks. The album's streaming here:

http://www.spin.com/articles/indian-handcrafts-civil-disobedience-for-lovers-full-album-stream

Xenophanes
Emeritus
November 1st 2012


10663 Comments


Such a solid reviewer.


This sounds really cool btw

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menawati
Contributing Reviewer
November 1st 2012


16125 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

really liked starcraft, coming home and bruce lee, whole thing was enjoyable, gonna listen again now :]

menawati
Contributing Reviewer
November 1st 2012


16125 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

feature

greg84
Staff Reviewer
November 1st 2012


7464 Comments

Album Rating: 4.2

@Xenophanes:
Thanks dude. This is well worth checking out. I forgot to mention that Melvins drummers make cameos on this.

@menawati:
Yes. I also like Truck Mouth and The Jerk a lot. The whole LP is rock solid.


SgtPepper
Staff Reviewer
November 1st 2012


4458 Comments


This was really good find, Greg. I really hope you get featured, it's a good review and a good album- you certainly deserve it.

greg84
Staff Reviewer
November 1st 2012


7464 Comments

Album Rating: 4.2

Thanks mate. Much appreciated.

Jethro42
November 1st 2012


12624 Comments


Good review, Greg. Album could be right up my alley.

greg84
Staff Reviewer
November 1st 2012


7464 Comments

Album Rating: 4.2

I think you may like some tracks out of this. Coming Home for example.

Jethro42
November 1st 2012


12624 Comments


Nice song indeed. I'm gonna listen to the whole thing.

elephantREVOLUTION
November 1st 2012


2791 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

still haven't listened to this band but they are on sargent house so i'm sure i will like them

CaptainDooRight
November 1st 2012


30334 Comments


sweet rev bro, def posin

this sounds interesting, gotta checkers

TooLateToGoBack
November 2nd 2012


1780 Comments


That is an awesome album cover.

Pos'd + will check this out.

MrElmo
November 2nd 2012


1955 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Album looks made for me, where can I get this?

edit: nevermind found it, damn this sounds like melvins+turbowolf

greg84
Staff Reviewer
November 2nd 2012


7464 Comments

Album Rating: 4.2

Yeah. You're definitely right.

chambered49
November 2nd 2012


1727 Comments


album cover of the year

SowingSeason
Staff Reviewer
November 2nd 2012


16911 Comments


Nice review Greg

It's not exactly my alley, but it seems to be worth a glance.

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promanow
November 2nd 2012


1 Comments


You can listen to (and buy) the album here http://indianhandcrafts.bandcamp.com/

FourthReich
November 2nd 2012


18135 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

listened to this because i had nothing better to do. did not think i would like it due to the fact that i am unfamiliar with the genre, but wow was i mistaken, this is extremely good.

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