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Double Disco Animal Style


4.1
excellent

Review

by Greg Fisher STAFF
April 7th, 2013 | 69 replies | 8,768 views


Release Date: 03/19/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: If Elvis was still alive, he would play desert rock.

Chilean musician Alain Johannes is an unsung hero of contemporary rock. Producing many renowned records during the last fifteen years, the multi-instrumentalist surely knows the ins and outs of the business. Better still, given his collaboration with Josh Homme on various projects he's ideally suited for handling the production duties for heavy rock releases. The third album of French outfit Loading Data bears his unmistakable stamp. Double Disco Animal Style effectively expands on the direction taken six years ago by the band's previous full-length, Rodeo Ghettoblaster. This is still groove-laden heavy rock, yet Johaness augments the act's sound with tenebrous desert rock undertones. The effects are distinctive and largely unpredictable.

Nearly every song is shrewdly built on a robotic groove that provides a backdrop for Patrón's crooning vocals. His delivery, which often resembles Elvis Presley in its tone, works surprisingly well with dense desert rock generating slightly surreal, uniquely dark vibe. Add atonal guitar lines and immaculate drums to the mix, and you're left with such wicked jams as unhinged “Teeth And Tongue” and rampageous “Round And Round.” The supremely neurotic atmosphere is on occasion incited by creepy-sounding keys that make “Butterfly Shelf” akin to an old horror movie soundtrack before it unexpectedly delves into a shoegaze territory. The album is not all doom and gloom though. “Hanging Low” serves as a crushing party rocker that sees Nick Oliveri contributing his signature no-frills vocals known from Queens Of The Stone Age, while “I'm Not Gonna Take It” feels like a joyous stab at vaudeville music that reeks of unadulterated fun.

Moreover, the foursome does an excellent job in delivering more straightforward heavy rock tunes which still retain a decent level of eccentricity. “So High” is the real highlight with its laid-back passages devolving into a whimsical interplay between guitar riffs and drums. Elsewhere, “Gift” sports a vintage, danceable groove juxtaposed with a dissonant guitar solo to refreshing effect. The only drawback of the record is its lack of consistency though. The album ends on a disappointingly low note with its last two tracks. The industrial stomp of “On My Heart” should be trimmed down because it gets mind-numbingly repetitive halfway through its excessive running time, whereas “Palinka” is a silly parody of Elvis' ballads and thus feels fairly redundant amid boisterous heavy rock tunes.

Unlike many stoner rock releases which tend to revolve solely around massive riffs and grooves, Double Disco Animal Style is also very much about the desert mood most tracks capture with admirable expertise and finesse. Just like its loony title suggests, the album's selling point lies in its adventurous, often bizarre nature. This deranged ride may not always be taken seriously, but it's a blast nonetheless.




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greg84
Staff Reviewer
April 7th 2013



7346 Comments

Album Rating: 4.1 | Sound Off

The album's streaming here:

http://deadlightentertainment.bandcamp.com/album/double-disco-animal-style

My interview with Patrón:

http://www.sputnikmusic.com/blog/2013/04/19/loading-data-double-disco-animal-style-interview/

Digging: Kimbra - The Golden Echo

Brostep
Staff Reviewer
April 7th 2013



3414 Comments


Greg with the 4.2s again.

Will listen now, back soon with impressions.

Liking the names associated with the band, though.

Brostep
Staff Reviewer
April 7th 2013



3414 Comments


Holy shit the first few songs are absolutely kick-ass.

greg84
Staff Reviewer
April 7th 2013



7346 Comments

Album Rating: 4.1 | Sound Off

Of course they are ;)

DegausserGuernica24
April 7th 2013



1134 Comments


It's as if Elvis Presley, QotSA and Rush had a baby.

greg84
Staff Reviewer
April 7th 2013



7346 Comments

Album Rating: 4.1 | Sound Off

Yeah. I can agree with that.

Cygnatti
April 7th 2013



21349 Comments


This sounds like it could be pretty darn cool.

chambered99
April 7th 2013



789 Comments


this sounds like it sounds like every single other album greg has reviewed with a very high rating making him probably the worst human being ever in the history of fucking man

SgtPepper
Staff Reviewer
April 7th 2013



4400 Comments


The featured track definitely screams "Rancho De La Luna". Good work, Greg. I'll give the rest of the album a listen when I get
the chance.

Digging: Shabazz Palaces - Lese Majesty

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
April 7th 2013



6987 Comments


It's as if Elvis Presley, QotSA and Rush had a baby.


Imagine how hairy the thing would be

alachlahol
April 8th 2013



7477 Comments


stoner groovin rockin heavy grooves and riffs, couldntve described it better myself

alachlahol
April 8th 2013



7477 Comments


rock that is groove laden and heavy would be a perfect summary

greg84
Staff Reviewer
April 8th 2013



7346 Comments

Album Rating: 4.1 | Sound Off

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wrWqdsv8wQI

Haha...

Omaha
Staff Reviewer
April 8th 2013



10042 Comments


Lovin' me sum o' dat summary

MrElmo
April 8th 2013



1950 Comments


Looks awesome as always, will check when I've got some time on my hands, already gotta listen/discover the flaming lips and that new album streaming.

MrElmo
April 8th 2013



1950 Comments


S/T album track rules

PorkchopExpress
April 8th 2013



387 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Oh shit, this is awesome.

Mewcopa0
April 8th 2013



1799 Comments


I need this.

RadicalEd
April 9th 2013



2588 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I agreed on Clutch and Alice Smith. So I will check this.

greg84
Staff Reviewer
April 9th 2013



7346 Comments

Album Rating: 4.1 | Sound Off

I'm sure you'll dig this RadicalEd.



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