The pained cries of a band fighting Sonic Youth screams with a knock out punch of Cribs, Lenin Death Mask are the only band in 2015 who are taking the thrash indie scene by the collar. Keep those amps buzzing, say Third Outing...
Much like the earlier Cribs albums, the sound of Lenin Death Mask is a tinny thrash of guitar chords, riffs and screams, all bolstered with a loud attitude and incredible energy. It's a great position to hold in the world of music. The young team 'fae Aberdeen started after a bad break up and the enticing enlightening recovery sounds of The Monitor by New Jersey band Titus Andronicus. The ambition of the record seemed absolutely staggering to the Scots, conflating depression, frustration and sheer vitriolic rage with a break up narrative set in the American Civil War. What a mad inspiration that sounds like! We owe the sentence to Lenin Death Mask's very own Craig.
"I had sort of fallen out of love with going to gigs and this just made me want to be part of the scene and in a band again. We've since developed our own sound, I still think the anger and the riffs come through though".
He doesn't exaggerate. With a great inspiring reason to start up with a fresh new sound, the anger and punk attitude is incredibly refreshing, and man does music need that right now. It's not like everything out there is elevator music, far from it, but listening to something safe is no way to really inspire. And living in Scotland at winter time inspiration is needed, though in their opinion, nothing beats Aberdeen FC, the Doric dialect and Annie Lennox.
"Just kidding about Annie Lennox by the way, she is a bit shit".
Thank Christ, credibility nearly lost for a moment there. But seriously now, it is this 'I don't care' attitude which is worth exploring when it comes to Lenin Death Mask. Whether it's put on for the interviews or not, the music backs up the bold comments. Take American Irony, a thrash track with real attitude. It's like someone has thrown crazy Anton from Brian Jonestown Massacre straight into the Paws line up without even explaining to him what the concept of Scotland is before a Tuesday night gig somewhere near Cowdenbeath. Fucking terrifying! But it's great, it's lively, it's impressionable. And stripped back with tinny qualities put aside, it's madly melodic too...
Lenin Death Mask are going to go far. We could write about why indefinitely. But the reasons are simple. They have attitude, humour and the ear for a good tune. And without the pretension of what music needs to be truly remarkable, sometimes all it really needs to be is a little bit inspiring. We leave you with a short extract from the full interview with Lenin Death Mask available here;