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Needless Cane - Album review: Sick World

13 Nov 2017 // A review by James Castady-Kristament
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Needles Cane is a name that I’ve heard crop up quite a few times on posters and gig invitations on Facebook and amongst friends in the Auckland Goth scene. Although the most I knew about them before I listened to their album Sick World was that they were gothic rock. 

Sick World which is due for release on the 17th November is a collaborative project between singer & songwriter Needless Cane and music producer Jeremy Garner.

I felt like the album got off to a wobbly start with the opening track Solipsism. Although the music was punchy and competent the vocals were a bit lose and the melody was wandering in and out of key. But, by the second track I was still listening and things were getting a bit more interesting and by the third track Walpurgisnacht well I was very intrigued indeed. 

Needles Cane croaks in a low pitched Marilyn Manson-esk tone, complete with hints of a strong David Bowie influence, through 9 songs of Gothy Electro Rock. Moments of play worthy tunes such as Pale Fire and The Corpse of Love, (which I think as a recording and song really hit the mark), abounded in the second half of the album and the song Goddess of The Black Moon was haunting and dark and very enjoyable. 

As I kept listening quite contently to the next song Identity Crisis, it became apparent that the album was holding my attention and I was actually quite enjoying Needles Cane. I found the lyrics captivating and his use of repeating phrases, often drove the lyrics home, making sure that the skilfully crafted lyrics couldn’t just float over you un-noticed. 

The last tune of the album samples the story of Mr Bungle, in a 50’s American school tutorial about behaving in the lunch room. It then lets lose into the lumbering & dark title track Sick World.

Over all I thought it was a really enjoyable gothic rock album. Although the first track didn’t appeal to me, the rest of the album was actually pretty hot. I shared song number 3 Walpurgisnacht in a live video on Facebook and it was received favourably by some of my Facebook friends, with friend Sara Beckhouse exclaiming Needless Cane was amazing and I needed to check out their video for their song Hemlock Lemonade.

While I was checking out Hemlock Lemonade I noticed they had a music video for the song Kill Your Ego which is track number 5 on Sick World.

So without further ado check out Kill your Ego by Needles Cane:


About Needless Cane

Born of the ashes of former project Omega, frontman Needless and bassist Ruby went on to create the band Needless Cane.

Surviving countless line-up changes with only N.Cane remaining as the constant member (Ruby was not to re-unite with the band until mid-2012)
The band quickly became the torch bearer for alternative music in its hometown of Timaru.

Visit the muzic.net.nz Profile for Needless Cane


Sick World
Year: 2017
Type: Album
The Sun Did Not Shine
Year: 2013
Type: EP
Year: 2011
Type: EP

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