Y’know when you go to see a ROCK band and they end a song
by vigorously wanking off their guitars to the sound of Tourette’s
drum fills and cymbal rolls that see the Keith Moon of the hour toss
his head back and perhaps even stick out his tongue? Well, that’s
what ‘False Flag’’s opener, ‘Waldorf Hysteria’, sounds like… all the way
Rangda are an improvisational, instrumental post rock trio, with emphasis on the former.
They’ve only ever played as a full two-guitars-and-drums band
once at real length, and that was to record this 6-track debut.
Needless to say, it’s a raw, experimental and wholly self-indulgent effort. It’s
also got some (or one) half decent ideas on it – namely ‘Bull Lore’
that soundtracks a baddy walking into a Wild West saloon bar at high
noon for the average length of six minutes. Rangda
are brought low to the floor for a communal love-in and brought back up for one final flourish of Masai-like leaping, chanting and dancing.
It’s clear from this that a Californian band who have never set foot in Africa aren’t just plundering the depths of world music to be knowingly edgy or different, but because it’s so enjoyable – for them and for us.
Nearly but not quite worth your time.
‘Ha Dvash’ is then a much calmer ballad, but what it lacks in tempo it more than makes up for in conviction and intensity before the hyper-kinetic sonic
assault of ‘Night Dancing’.
Closer ‘The World Is All There Is’ is the jewel in the evening’s crown,
its constant “whoa” refrain and clap-a-long beat impossible to resist as the band down instruments and make their way into the midst
of the crowd.
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