Boomkat Product Review:
Leave your preconceptions at the door for this awesome document of The Boats' first live show in over five years.
Whilst best known for their tear-jerking pastoral ambience, this recording - made at St James Priory, Bristol on saturday April 13th, 2013 - manifests Andrew Hargreaves and Craig Tattersall's taste for the rawest techno, vaulting between Autechrian acrobatics and ductile techno with a mean streak of overdriven noise and distorted scrabble. It's like someone spiked their nettle tea and they ran with it, taps aff and fists pumping against a backdrop of blazing strobes and gushing smoke machine.
Well, OK, maybe that's a fantasy we shouldn't let on to, but the transformation is astounding for anyone familiar with their usual MO, careening away from meadowed melody and dusty attic atmospheres to a brutal and uncompromising basement sound somewhere between Leyland Kirby and Caustic Window. Of course, there's still traces of their former selves (their same selves) in the secluded breakdown and the oversaturated tape FX (Craig's really gunning with their patented Boats noise trigger) but the end results share more in common with the recent live show by Happa and Al Gill or even Alberich records than any of the home listening lot. We reckon a many of you will be shocked in the best possible way, don't sleep on this!