Golden Axe are releasing their fourth album called ‘Liquid Bacon’ December 9th, and we are drinking it
Cover Art by Imogen Taylor
Mastered by Fraser Austin
Dedicated to Brian the Cat ☯†☯
Video for ‘Peaceful Planet’ by Simon Ward: http://www.amdiscs.com/?p=6652
Video for ‘Space Fire’ by Simon Ward: http://vimeo.com/50347848
Video for ‘Moon Of Peaceful Planet’ by Daif Kent: http://youtu.be/z2lC2T_V0w8
Brief BIO : http://www.undertheradar.co.nz
Golden Axe bandcamp: http://www.goldenaxe.bandcamp.com
Golden Axe are probably named after a video game. I mean, the Auckland duo falls right in line with the Sega-originated series of the same name: Hyper-manic hack and slash that’s an aggressive outlet, for sure, but also a whole pile of goofy fun. Think Sigue Sigue Sputink on a candy and Crystal Pepsi overload; Liquid Bacon is every late night you’ve ever spent blistering your thumbs, controller all but glued to your hand.
Not that the album’s all sugar, no substance. Liquid Bacon may spawn from a neon 80s 8-bit world, but the production is far from pixelated. From the synthetic metal drop of “Space Fire” to the mega-bounce of “Hot in the City” and crystalline marimba of “Meet Me In The Jungle”, Golden Axe channel a sort of Add N To (X) analogue vibe, finding the comfortable balance between sheer mania and rich, lush harmony. It’s not terribly dissimilar from their work on previous release Fantasy Footwork, but the nuance is even more pronounced; rather than crashing hard off the high of a track like “Fulltime Fun”, Golden Axe lead you gently into the winding, chilled out soundscape of “Circular Staircase”. Maybe it’s only relaxed by comparison, but the sudden breathing room makes Liquid Bacon’s overall impact all the more…you know, impactful.
And if it all gets to be a bit much, just wait: Golden Axe know how to make an exit. After circling through a cinematic round of layered melody and motorik beats, closer “Peaceful Planet” takes the album out on nearly four full minutes of waves lapping at the shore, all serene and hypnotic, the perfect (and beyond surprising) comedown from such a heavy barrage of tracks. Don’t sleep on this one; your Sega-loving soul will thank you. MISHKA Bloglin