• method actors This Is Still It (CD, £12.95)

    label: Acute

    The Method Actors were among the earliest bands to emerge from the Athens punk/new wave scene that produced The B-52's, R.E.M., Pylon and many others. 'This Is Still It' - which R.E.M.ís Peter Buck describes in his liner notes as ďa kind of secret history of the Athens sceneĒ - revisits the early years of the legendary duo. With just two members, Vic Varney on guitar and vocals, and David Gamble on drums and vocals, the Method Actors were an experiment in just how much you could do with so little. Using repetitive grooves and guitars and thunderous drums, they underpinned surprisingly pop, hook-laden songwriting with an angsty racket of barely controlled chaos. While it was the energy of the typical punk influences like the Pistols which got them kick-started, unexpected influences like James Blood Ulmer and Captain Beefheart pushed their sounds to odd, aggressive structures, creating a sort of southern skronk by two guys who could actually sing. Following in the dance-based approach of fellow Athenians The B-52's, they soon incorporated the atmospherics of groups like PiL and Joy Division, the minimalism of Young Marble Giants and the punk-funk of Gang Of Four. Still, they never lost the ability to focus on the musicís key elements: incessant, stripped down, trance-inducing grooves and yelping vocal harmonies that vacillate between haunting melodies and excited spasms. The CD includes an extensive interview with Vic Varney. TRACKLIST: 1. Do The Method 2. Canít Act 3. Distortion 4. Privilege 5. Dancing Underneath 6. No Condition 7. She 8. You 9. E-Y-E 10. My Time 11. Rang-A-Tang 12. Bleeding 13. Notice 14. Ask Dana 15. 20x1 16. Commotion 17. Pigeons 18. Halloween 19. Hi-Hi-Whoopee

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