Label: Mint Release date: 17/05/10 Link: Myspace Buy/MP3: Amazon l Crazy Unless the Pack A.D. are genuinely championing a neo-luddite revolution in their struggle against the ubiquitous computer it's not very likely that they actually do 'kill computers' and if they are fronting some sort of crusade they've got to be the worst of all soul-selling opportunists. After all, from the first, very loud, few seconds it's immediately obvious that this album is not the collective efforts of a bunch of technophobes. It's evident that on their third album things have changed a little for Canadian duo. Previous album Funeral Mixtape was a razor-sharp electric blues album that would have had Muddy Waters in raptures but it was still a unrelentingly loud album that owed as much to Led Zeppelin as any bluesman (or woman). We Kill Computers is a calmer entity, much more influenced by garage rock such as the White Stripes. The production on We Kill Computers reflects this too, Funeral Mixtape was so raw that it left you checking your ears for surface cuts afterwards. This is a little more polished, without ceding much of the band's edge, a definite improvement.
So they've pushed their blues roots to the background a little, it's not such a terrible thing, Jimi Hendrix took blues and hard rock crossovers to their logical conclusion decades ago and set the bar so unattainably high anyway. They'll be less distinct for sure but with songs like 'Crazy' and 'Big Anvil' they should be able to stand up on their own merits and they can rock with the best; 'Deer' has the sort of typically thundering riff that this band do so well. There's a bit of a dip in quality towards the end of the album as the band seem to run out of the momentum that they picked up powering through the opening tracks. They're simply not as good with slower songs as they are at their most raucous and it requires a bit of patience to listen to songs like 'They Know Me', which feels like it drags on despite only being three minutes. They fortunately remember what they're good at and return to rocking with 'K Stomp' onwards but generally this is a quite uneven and sometimes disappointing album. Perhaps this marks a transitional phase for the band and they're still finding their feet. It's clear that they can make some great music but they're still someway off perfecting their art. Still, plenty of time left to do that. Photobucket