Mclusky – Mclusky Do Dalls

Mclusky Do Dalls

Nobody will ever accuse Mclusky of being too subtle. On their second album, Mclusky Do Dallas, the Welsh punk-rock trio rips through 14 songs with a screaming ferocity that hasn’t been matched since Kurt Cobain recorded the second half of Incesticide in a heroin-induced haze.
From the moment vocalist Andy Falkous kicks things off with “Lightsabre Cocksucking Blues” you know that Mclusky ain’t emo-rock. In general, the songs are short, fiery, and … good. In fact, the band pulls off the hard rockin’ schtick so well they could single-handedly bring integrity back to the whole nu-punk/garage “scene”. The White Stripes, Vines, and Strokes should be quaking in their stylishly unstylish footwear as we speak. That said, Mclusky would probably retch at the thought of being mentioned in the same sentence as any of those scenesters.
Contrary to what they might like you to believe, however, Mclusky are no underground amateurs. Far from it. Mclusky Do Dallas is produced by none other than Steve Albini, the wizard behind countless alternative chart-toppers, including Nirvana’s In Utero. The fact that these guys have managed to snag Albini shows that not only is the band serious about success, but someone in high places likes them – and likes them a lot.
Indeed, there is a lot to like about Mclusky. The music is fast and furious, but it’s also fun. A quick listen to the lyrics proves that the band doesn’t take themselves, nor their chosen profession, too seriously. On “To Hell with Good Intentions,” for example, Falkous brags “My dad is bigger than your dad, he’s got eight cars and a house in Ireland.” And hey, I have a soft spot in my heart for any band that writes a song called “The World Loves Us and is our Bitch.” Intentionally sloppy arrangements, meandering basslines, and piercing five-note solos rule the day. The album contains only a few breaks in the high-volume action, including the excellent “Fuck This Band,” a mellow tribute to style-over-substance in the music industry.
The time is right for Mclusky. All that remains to be seen is whether or not the band will be able to break into the nearly impenetrable US market, and whether they’ll be lost in a sea of less-worthy contenders.