Or TMBTRWTMTWNBBFNCBKBCW for short Created by wilhelminaframe on 3/10/2012 10:29:46 PM
Editrix de Mode Wilhelmina Frame reviews the new album by The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing.
Fresh from their kerfuffle with EMI, The Men That Will Not Be Blamed for Nothing’s latest album, the inconveniently titled This May Be The Reason Why The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing Cannot Be Killed By Conventional Weapons (or TMBTRWTMTWNBBFNCBKBCW for short), was released on all formats yesterday. With the record clocking in at a tidy 36-plus minutes that’s about 45 seconds of music for every word in the title.
Building on the foundation set by
That’s What I Call Steampunk! Vol. 1, The Steampunk Album! That Cannot Be Named For Legal Reasons (thanks EMI!), The Men continue their well-read, historical musical assault on Weapons. While they style themselves as steamPUNKs, The Men sound equally metal to me. The album opens with the rousing “Victoria’s Secret”, a song that explains the real reason Victoria always dressed in black. The bass heavy guitars continue throughout the album on shout-a-longs like “Brunel”, an ode to Britain’s sexiest civil engineer and “Doing It For The Whigs,” which features the lyric “no future in Tory politics”. Sex Pistols anyone?
The Men are not content just to stay with the standard three-chord progression. “Margate Fhtagn”, about an ill-fated trip for a fun day at the sea, (or was it, since the song ends rousingly with “Didn’t we have a lovely time the day we met Cthulhu?”) switches between earnest jangly alt-rock and crunchy black metal. “Free Spirit (live)” is a naughty a cappella barbershop ditty. The album closes with the earnest anti-war, proletariat anthem, “Mutiny in the Common Soldiery” and the pitch black humor of “Poor Georgie”. Songs about the disgusting Thames and an unfortunate run in with a Tesla Coil keep things rocking in the interim. The guy you hear on “Intro” is none other than the seventh Doctor, Sylvester McCoy.
While I love some songs more than others, there isn’t a clunker in the batch. The recording is excellent and resonant, especially on the low end (my favorite). Really, the only serious criticism I can make is that the record is awfully short. But sometimes, brevity is a virtue. It keeps the humor sharp, the chords tight and controls the overuse of the musical saw. You might even learn something from the record. I, for one, originally thought Brunel was a Spanish surrealist.
This May Be The Reason Why The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing Cannot Be Killed By Conventional Weapons can be purchased directly from the band here.
It is also available via digital download from Amazon and iTunes.
Three tracks from the record are also available for your listening pleasure on The Men’s Soundcloud page.
And for your viewing pleasure the video for "Brunel":