Dead Space, The - Faker LP
NEW. 12XU RECORDS. Who amongst us hasnt pondered how good Joy Division mightve been had they been recorded by Spot (NOT SPOT LONG OF TRAILER SPACE, ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME?) instead of Martin Hannett? Dont all raise your hands at once.
OK, maybe Im the only one thats woken up in the middle of the night grappling with that particular what if? But Ill bet Im not not nearly the only person thats about to be poleaxed by The Dead Spaces long-awaited debut album, Faker, expertly recorded by Ian Rundell. The trio of bassist/vocalist Quin Galavis, guitarist Garrett Hadden and drummer Jenny Arthur have been honing their craft in Austin, TX since high school, but after a 7 on Haddens excellent Thread Pull label (Flesh Lights, Foreign Mothers), a song on the second Casual Victim Pile comp. (12XU, 2012) the moment is long overdue for The Dead Space to put-it-all-together. And thats exactly what theyve done this is a band whose blend of tension, fragility and genuine muscle certainly in the spirit of avowed influences like Joy Division, Bauhaus and Swans without being remotely copyist has never been nearly this confident or incandescent.
Were a couple of years past The Dead Space making the good-to-great leap ; at present, theyre in the middle of that awkward period I like to call the How Have You Assholes Slept On This Amazing Band? Stage. And while the recent notoriety of their other projects might elevate The Dead Spaces profile a tad (ie. Galavis beautiful solo works or the heavier jams laid down with Nazi Gold, Haddens recent participation in Ghetto Ghouls), Faker Is The Real Deal. Like Evander Holyfield. Dont be a fucking Charley Steiner.