Kawabata Makoto’s Mainliner – Revelation Space

June 26, 2013

They’ve been around forever in some form or another but Kawabata Makoto’s Mainliner are back with a brand new album of loud, intense psychedelic guitar screechery.

It’s loud and it’s out of control, which is a wonderful thing. On the surface, we are faced with incredibly noisy guitar solos that reach the very limits of the noise spectrum, at times feeling poised and full and at others feeling like they’re drowning in a sea of feedback. I don’t know about you, but I like my music loud and this fits the bill perfectly. Listen to it through headphones, volume at it’s highest, for maximum pleasure.

Beneath all of the noise and insanity, there’s some beautifully composed psychedelic songwriting. Gentle, wispy vocals feel almost haunting beneath all of the noise. I mean the majority of you reading will already be aware of Mainliner in some shape of form, but if not then you’re in for a treat. The production is cleaner than some of their previous work but it feels like the noise has intensified over time. An experiment in maximal guitar playing. The juxtaposition between calm, soft vocals lines and heavy, assaulting guitars works in perfect harmony. I don’t really want to listen to music that’s made in any other way.

Revelation Space was released on 3rd June on Riot Season and is available as a CD, Cassette or LP.

They’re touring the UK and Ireland in September, of which one date is at Newcastle’s Think Tank. I’ll be there and hopefully you will too.

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