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Krill - A Distant Fist Unclenching (Review)

Krill, A Distant Fist Unclenching

Review by Jack Foley

IndieLondon Rating: 2 out of 5

KRILL have been affectionately dubbed Boston indie-weirdos… an alt-rock group who like to do things in a scrappy, non-conformist style. Their new album A Distant Fist Unclenching stands or falls on how much you dig this alternative style.

For us, it’s something of an ordeal in places. And this is best exemplified on the song Tiger, which offers seven minutes of repetitive, looping thoughts on violence and pain and the ways we have come to interpret them. It’s incessant and as pained as the subject matter.

And while, yes, you could argue that it has something valid to say about modern attitudes to violence, it’s delivery is more likely to alienate people from listening to it than actually provoking some kind of intelligent debate.

The theme is prevelent, again, on Torturer, which is reportedly often introduced in live form as “the devi’s journal entry on his first day in hell”. It’s as angry as you might expect, with Jonah Furman’s vocals approaching a bark in places.

True, some of the guitar riffs throughout are comparable with fellow US alt-rockers such as Modest Mouse but by also employing such unusual song structures, even these get swallowed amid the need to wrong-foot the listener.

The result is more likely to leave the listener with fists clenched in frustration than inviting any thoughts of satisfaction or inner peace.

Track listing:

  1. Phantom
  2. Foot
  3. Fly
  4. Torturer
  5. Tiger
  6. Mom
  7. Squirrels
  8. Brain Problem
  9. It Ends