25 Apr 2017

LICE!: on Human Parasite, the Bristol art-punks' first seminal record

LICE are off the fucking wall. A depraved strut, a manic Mark E. Smith style vocal, and searing lyrics, they are well and truly one of the most exciting things to happen in the history of Western art. Finally, they've got a song to match their unhinged live shows, their debut single Human Parasite. It revolves around a strutting bassline and frontman Alastair Shuttleworth's deranged vocal performance. I'll be honest with you, normally when I review a track I give it two or three whirls and that's enough, I don't need to hear it anymore. But Human Parasite. I can't stop listening to it.

Via Shuttleworth's stream of consciousness vocals that come thick and fast in a drunken barrage, there's no room to breathe as slightly country-tinged guitar scratches protrude through the mix occasionally leaving you half exhausted half in awe after every listen.  His rants might be incoherent, but god are they brilliant. I think they've also got it in for Bob Geldof as well, which is good because Geldof should be wiped out.

They're playing Portsmouth Psych Fest this weekend, supporting HMLTD in Bristol, and playing The Windmill in Brixton on June 8th. If you don't make the effort to see them you're a fool and a wet wipe.

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Obviously the LICE obsession doesn't have to stop there. There's a demo album on their Spotify and it's fucking brilliant too. Depravity and havok on Gentlemen's Magazine and straight up Country Teasers parody/homage Little John Waynes are the best tracks on it, but seriously, listen to it all now. Humanity can be redeemed.

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(Words: Cal Cashin)