Spartacus R - When The Fever Takes Hold - Debut Release
15 Feb 2009 // A review by johnsoncraigsbc
The locally anticipated debut release from Wellingtons own Spartacus R is finally here. After becoming regionally acclaimed over the past six years their debut full-length album “When The Fever Takes Hold” is looking to rouse devotees and new listeners alike.
The physical album design is somewhat refreshing. The innards are far more exciting than the front however, even if they are reminiscent of Pearl Jams ‘No Code’ Polaroid style inserts. And although it’s probably not even relevant anymore, it is one of those CDs that you can’t fit into your CD holder. Just saying.
I can’t say I’m a big fan of the vocals on this album. Not so much the way they are constructed, as the singing is at times quite beautiful, but the way they are presented. I wasn’t over the moon with them breaking up the long, journeying soundscapes. Although they were pretty awesome during ‘Get On Gone’, which reminded me of something that Sonic Youth would deliver, and I can imagine them creating a much more dynamic live performance.
The albums title track captures everything I fancy on this album. It’s long, and the harsh, ethereal guitaring is some of the best of the entire release.
‘Foxbug and Snail’ is an engaging track that has lavish amounts of ambient segments, and if Spartacus R has managed to capture their live performance on their album, then their live show is definitely going to live up to its notorious hype.
Spartacus R is unquestionably going to be worth checking out on their current nation wide album release tour.
About Spartacus R
While Spartacus R have much local industry and musician support, the music itself differs considerably from that around NZ at the moment. It follows a lineage of music with histories more likely to be found in parts of germany, England or the states. Taking inspiration from bands such as Radiohead, Can, and Pink Floyd.
Visit the muzic.net.nz Profile for Spartacus R
"I am completely musically `turned on` by Spartacus R. Their music is is well crafted and intricately sincere. Fresh, contemporary retro, and completely unpredictable...Beautiful." -- Warren Maxwell, Founding member TrinityRoots, Fat Freddys Drop and The Little Bushmen.
"I've seen Spartacus R grow over the last 5 or so years and have always found their sound exciting, challenging and thoroughly enchanting. I was honored to help them produce their first full-length album and feel that it has truly captured something special, something that often only gets heard in a live environment. Sit back in a comfy chair with a nice drink, turn off the phone and let it envelope you. This album is something special, it won't appeal to everyone, but it is the kind of music that everyone should listen to." -- Lee Prebble, Audio Engineer, The Surgery.