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Boomkat Product Review:
The reissue of influential Kentucky based post-rock bands seems like buses; you get nothing for a decade then a load show up at the same time. Following on from Slint, Crain (all we need now is Shellac for the full house...) are the latest of the math-rock precursors to get a dust down and polish for a new generation. Originally put out in 1992 and limited to a pressing of just 1000, 'Speed' has been cited by everyone from Fugazi to Jawbox as influence and this will be the first chance most get to hear the actual record. Backed up by 4 bonus tracks of (obligatory) rare/unreleased material, the first thing that hits you with opening salvo 'Car Crash Decisions' is the lack of po-faced dryness that can often pervade such releases. Wide eyed and with a grin on its face, the 8-track recording of 'Car Crash Decisions' packs in a right royal bluster of riffage before isobar tight percussion crashes into view. Produced by Steve Albini, 'Speed' delights throughout in giving equal mix privileges to all the elements employed and, whilst this could potentially be overbearing, it infact leads to an infectious abandonment that characterises the Crain sound.'Proposed Production' is Mogwai-taut climbing instrumentation, 'King Octane' sees an almost alarmingly cohesive fusion of the bands varied elements whilst vocalist Jimmy Mudd sounds like he's being battered to death by the music on the bruising 'Ribcage'. Kentucky fried rock!