Wheelchair Wheelchair Wheelchair Wheelchair – Tales of Bonnie Scotland

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Wheelchair Wheelchair Wheelchair Wheelchair
Tales of Bonnie Scotland

A couple of years ago now, I stumbled upon the Perth grind/powerviolence duo fantastically named as ‘Wheelchair Wheelchair Wheelchair Wheelchair’. Quite how is something that escapes me – what does stick in my mind is their debut full-length, ‘Contraception‘ which appeared on J Randall’s Grindcore Karaoke label. A concept album about blossoming romance, with its own little sinister turn at the end. They’ve been sort of busy since, casually throwing out a split here with Brazilian grinders Elasticdeath, and a chaotic split there with Scottish wastelords Deathwank, and two live releases. But ‘Contraception ’ was always the one people went back to. Any attention to their loyal following would have you well up on the fact that people appreciate a well-crafted album, even if said band are clearly having fun taking grind and stewing in songs about sharing an ice cream soda, and meeting your new girlfriend’s mother. There were even one or two who would call ‘Contraception ’ the band’s ‘magnum opus’. And that’s all before ‘Tales of Bonnie Scotland’ came out.

Let’s not kid ourselves. Its not as though WWWW hit it big with that album. I guarantee there’s a number of you out there who’ve probably stumbled across this band for the first time, and only if you have heard of them are you likely to be a dedicated follower of the adventures of guitarist Stuart Finnie and drummer Bobbie King. And it’ll probably be a cold day in hell before they reach a level where they could even dream of being called ‘sell-outs’. Still, ‘Tales of Bonnie Scotland’ has been in the works for sometime, originally due for release last year, even previewed on the ‘Live and Laughing’ album, yet only recently has the band now got it together for release. And we’re pleased to report that, if this is a continuation from where ‘Contraception’ left off, then that relationship is going really well.

And as the bagpipes that signal the ‘Tales of Bonnie Scotland Theme’ come to the fore, it’s a sign that the band are ready to hit top form again. And bang, out they come with blistering pace, wilder than Hurricane Bawbag, with fourteen of the grimiest paeans to Scotland you’ll ever hear. The first half is excellent stuff, from the short groove of ‘We Ride The Pink Crystal Falls’ to the coup-de-grace of ‘Aroused Moorhen’, yet following from the self-titled ‘Interlude’ – this time played out by the band – things really go up a notch as the band allow their massive plumage to unfurl –’The Lady of Loch Throbbing is exhilirating, a thunderously heavy, lengthier session; ‘The A9 to Houghmagandie’ possesses a cracking, brutal riff at first, falling into an angular yell of passion, while ‘Commanding Views of Loch Vulvula’ is a phenomenal way to finish, eventually progressing into a combination of the bagpipes playing over a truly doomy version of the theme. And with that, you’re spent. An exhilarating ride over the lochs and highlands of excitement, WWWW-style, leaving you throbbing and beat. I’m not sure Alex Salmond will take it up as part of his independence manifesto, but yet again WWWW prove that, not only do they (and Scotland) have the goods when it comes to this fast malarkey – whatever the result – but they might just have outdone themselves again.

Peter Clegg

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Review Roundup: Dead Beyond Buried, Mother Brain, Wheelchair Wheelchair Wheelchair Wheelchair

What do you know? No review roundup features for ages and then two come along at once. Hot on the heels of the Witch Hunter Records special we ran a few days ago, we have one made more of a mixture than simply off one label.

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We start with Dead Beyond Buried, who recently released their third album ‘The Dark Era’ (self-released) as a free download via their website. And its an absolute corker. 2012 hasn’t quite been a stellar year for death metal but the results on ‘The Dark Era’ are certainly impressive. This is a headsmasher through and through and its unrelenting, not even for one second, giving off an old-school vibe without sounding pastiche, and every bit a modern day death metal band too. Tracks like ‘Cold Black Stars’ and ‘Failures’ totally shred and every moment is on a path to a beating. This is only the third album they’ve released in eleven years as a band – its good to have them back.

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Mother Brain are a fairly new grind band hailing from New York, as yes, they did catch my eye because they share their name with the supervillain from the Metroid series. ‘Straight to Business’ is their first release coming out of Grindcore Karaoke, a nine-track EP that begins deceptively with a sludgy instrumental intro before flying out of the gate with a typically intense assault on the ears. They change tempo extremely well and don’t fall intro the trap of compressing every song to thirty seconds or less. This gives the songs chance to breathe, some coming in a minute or less, with a few longer ones chucked in for good measure. Certainly a band to watch within grind circles. This, like all Grindcore Karaoke releases, is free of charge, so don’t hesitate! Get ‘Straight to Business‘.

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Finally, everyone’s favourite inappropriate Scottish grinders Wheelchair Wheelchair Wheelchair Wheelchair have put out a free live album entitled ‘Live & Laughing’ (and yes, that is comedy buffoon Michael McIntyre on the cover), largely drawing from new material for the forthcoming album ‘Tales of Bonnie Scotland’. It’s a fairly decent live recording, taken from a recent show at The 13th Note in Glasgow, and as a barometer for the new album, it sounds pretty promising, with the choicest cuts including ‘A Wild Mountain Lumber’, and ‘The A9 to Houghmagandie’. The Perth duo engage in frequent ‘piss-poor patter’ with the crowd, and finish with three tracks from the album that first brought them to my attention, ‘Contraception‘, getting through their set in a blistering 20 minutes. 1:21 during track 10 contains a nice surprise, too!

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Peter Clegg