Dan Melchior Und Das Menace – Catbirds & Cardinals - New LP
From my years and years of experiences, I have come to this conclusion: if you see the name Dan MelChior on an album, you should buy it. It's not that they all sound the same--far from it--but they're all good. This one confirms that belief.-- winch (green noise)
On Catbirds and Cardinals, Dan Melchior und das Menace successfully meld a hodge podge of disparate elements into a cohesive whole, bringing to mind veteran UK and US underground bands like The Swell Maps, Andrew Klimek, Chrome and Alternative Television more than they do old blues men or the tweedy garage rock conservatives of Dan’s past.
Catbirds and Cardinals is probably the most overtly ‘poppy’ Das Menace release, with songs like ‘Poison Pete’s Holiday’ and ‘English Shame’ lodging in the cranium like carpet warehouse jingles. The recordings retain the overdriven quality Melchior is known for but push the envelope sonically into some unexpected places, with the dream like synths of ‘Crow Radio number 1′ showing a marked departure from the overall guitar grime.
“This time around, Melchior carefully bottles gems of purified Brit Pop and violently stomps out their contents with the callousness of a Blue Meanie. The result is a fuzzed out rainbow of green slime and rust erected to bum out people who like rainbows. In other words – a spectrum of damaged brilliance.” – Swami Visions