Before you judge a band like Lambsbread you have to see them live. That?s right, you actually have to drag your pale ass over to that crusty venue where all those noise kids hang out. That place where weed can buy you records and half of the beer in your cup ends up on someone else?s pale skull. Preferable you have to be willing to rock your body, in whatever way you like, there aren?t many boundaries in that place anyway, just shake a limp of choice and you?ll be fine. That?s the way to fully experience what Lambsbread are about. Get with it, real quick preferably.
I first became aware of their potential after I heard Trash Diet but that one has John Olson on reeds so I didn?t quite know what would be left if such an iconic figure would be absent on other recordings. But I did go, I went to the ATP festival in the U.K. in December 2006. On the smallest stage of the fest (The Saloon of all places), this trio set up their gear and I entered the Lambsbread full experience. It did not dissapoint. Oh did it not. It was empowering, I rocked my bod, I shook a limp. The crowd loved it and so did I.
Noise buddy number one, a guy named T. Moore who curated the ATP festival, liked it too and it?s on his Ecstatic Peace label that Lambsbread now have their first full vinyl release. Also their most widely available release, albeit in an edition of 500. Two sides of heavy shred, in a typical Lambsbread sleeve. Junkie dub style.
The two jams the trio bust here are fullfledged blue collar rock deconstruction. A thick fog stuffed with crashing mini solo?s, smothered cymbal crashes and the constant stream of feedback bending itself around each beat of the drum. You could say that about a lot of Lambsbread joints but aside the messy characteristics, side A does sound like a long trashing soundscape with steady and reoccurring moments of electricity that hint at the faintest of structure.
Side B starts off pushing more of that electric venom into the Lambsbread system but ultimately sounds like a black metal rave in some Ohio cellar with a dude doing guitar solo?s on top. Yeah, that does sound awesome. Lambsbread keep doing what they do best and the way they shred is not something that comes easy. It?s skill and they got it. Not sure if they will ever deliver a straight up masterpiece but who cares when they deliver fun in ways like this. 8/10 -- Joris Heemskerk (15 May, 2007)