Sunday, 9 May 2010


When I first received my unsolicited copy of London Transmissions by Onethirtyeight, I eyed it with suspicion. Although the title and artwork piqued my curiosity (shades of Mordant Music's Dead Air) the logo led me to expect something along the lines of Entombed circa Wolverine Blues, The Misfits, perhaps even - shudder - The Meteors.

My first impressions were not c-o-m-p-l-e-t-e-l-y off the mark. For one thing, The Misfits have a song titled 'We Are 138'. For another, the reviews collected in the press section of Onethirtyeight's website are taken almost exclusively from metal, punk and industrial magazines and websites. However, their tone of perplexed approval offers an indication that the mysterious unit are peddling something other than standard mosh fodder.

Onethirtyeight's music isn't metallic, punkish or industrialised. It isn't even particularly aggressive. What it does sound like is a worthy sequel to Mount Vernon Arts Lab's magnificently creepy The Seance At Hob's Lane. Who'd have thought...?

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