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MEDaL - Album Review: Replica

25 May 2020 // A review by Darryl Baser

When it comes to bands having quality pedigree, Lyttelton based MEDaL are the equivalent of a top quality show cat.

Dave Mulcahy (JPSE, Superette), with Mark Whyte and John Billows who have been in bands like Into The Void and The Renderers, among others.

This three-piece makes a hell of a racket, and you can hear the fun coming through the speakers. Mulcahy is really embracing his noisier side.

The opening track Wanna Feel Good sets a blistering tempo and reminds me of other Dave Mulcahy bands from the 1990's and 2000's, but blended with The Datsuns. It’s a riff-driven kick-start to the album with a well-weighted steel-cap boot.

The second track Ghosts slows it down a bit, albeit not that much, before the electrically charged The Lightning One blasts like a bolt of lightning hitting a tree and spitting it down the middle leaving charred remains.

When compared with the rest of the songs on Replica, I.M.L is a poppy number bouncing along well with four on the floor drums and a keyboard melody starting the tune. Mulcahy’s voice sits on the top of the mix really well, making me think this is a single, aiming for a cross-over market. The synths sound like they’re being produced by a vintage Yamaha Dx7.

Ursa Minor begins gradually and builds, like all great drone, or the ethnically dodgy term ‘Kraut rock’ at its best crawling through to 6 minutes long after an ambient beginning.

Bright Shining Lie is another builder, from spaced out sounds (thanks Jacinda) which remind me of some of the early sounds in Bladerunner when the large craft are flying about the large product placement electronic bill boards. The song grows, builds and develops in a naturally cinematic way.

Transcendence is another of the tunes on Replica which builds beautifully.

Book of Scrolls is a blinder I don’t think I’ve ever heard Dave Mulcahy play this fast or furiously it’s a quickstep in 2/4 time at a frantic pace, this song will be epic live.

The last track Death Car is a rock and roll anthem, and actually reminds me of Ministry around their Psalm 69 period. It is a great way to close the album, as it makes you want to go back to the start again.

Well played team, you deserve a MEDaL. (I’ll go to my room for that atrocious line).

Rating: ( 5 / 5 )
 

About MEDaL

How long can something be ‘Post’ something before it’s a thing of it’s own? …. and if something like ‘Post-Punk’ was really just a collection of ideas and influences in the first place, then that thing becomes still harder to define. MEDaL keep exploring Post Punk and all its influences, producing Kraut/Art/Alt and some plain dumb fun intense rock and roll all layered in with noisy Moog Synthesizers.

The Lyttelton 3-piece find the locals surprisingly tolerant of the racket coming from the MEDaL base in a sculpture studio right on Lyttelton’s main street. While MEDaL have this kind of anonymous consent, the noise continues unabated. COVID 19 landed right on top of the launch and tour plans for MEDaL’s debut album REPLICA, just released on 180g Vinyl. In the interim the Replica vinyl will be in good record shops, and you’ll be seeing MEDaL in other forms of media.

The members of MEDaL have variously been signed to labels like Flying Nun, Mushroom and various indie American outfits like Ba Da Bing, 3 Beads of Sweat, Last Visible Dog and more and come from Bands like; Superette, JPSE, The Renderers, Into the Void, Dark Matter, SexyAnimals and lots more.

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Releases

Replica
Year: 2020
Type: Album

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