Boomkat Product Review:
In The Pines was the follow-up to The Triffids' massively acclaimed Born Sandy Devotional album, and saw the group getting back to basics, recording in comparative isolation on an eight-track recorder in Ravensthorpe, Western Australia. As a consequence of this, the album is a stripped-down set of nuts and bolts rock & roll and swaggering country. This is an album that's been compared to Dylan and The Band's The Basement Tapes, and it's not hard to see why: both in tone and its writing, In The Pines encroaches on that kind of territory. David McComb's vocal style clearly owes a great deal to Bob's distinctive drawl, just check the great 'Jerdacuttup Man' for instance, which appears on the band's next album, Calenture (also reissued this week). It wouldn't be much of a stretch to cite something like compatriots The Drones' Gala Mill as a contemporary equivalent to this: a kind of back-to-basics rustic rock & roll odyssey. This reissue sees the album getting a remixing and remastering from the original analogue eight-track tapes, plus there are five bonus tracks culled from the same session. Highly recommended.