Now on their fourth studio album, Kilsyth’s finest have pretty much cornered the Scottish market for bleak, sweeping despair-rock. Nobody Wants To Be Here And Nobody Wants To Leave brings little new to the table – but when it’s done this well, it doesn’t really have to.
From the first seconds of opener ‘There’s A Girl in the Corner’, you know this isn’t going to be a cheery album. A chiming guitar and echoing drums are joined by James Alexander Graham’s haunting vocals, which turn to cries of pain by the end of the song. The album’s lyrics paint an intensely sad picture of a lost man, clutching at anything that might ground him. Add the band’s trademark layers of noise, and you get something very special indeed.
It’s difficult to pick a single standout track from the album, but that’s because it all fits together so well. To enjoy something so utterly miserable is an odd paradox, but this is a wonderful album. It’s dark, deep, and very beautiful. Quite simply, it’s a triumph.
[Lauren Cummings – @__laurenC]