From the LP Here’s To Almost, the fourth of the eleven tracks, Twenty-Eight flies into the room in a high-octane bundle of energy. Their use of Mandolin replacing guitar allows Feral Conservatives to create music that whilst familiar of sound is able to carve out an immediate space of difference.
The US indie-rock trio Feral Conservatives will be releasing the LP Here’s to Almost on the 22nd.
Feral Conservatives – Here’s to Almost – artwork
From the eleven track album, the third, Last Light is a softer sound than music that has previously featured as Feral Conservatives allow the Mandolin to take a prominent role supporting the floating vocal, as drums and bass create the cement of the composition.
Yank the volume to 10 and work it harder before hitting play as Feral Conservatives pile into the room. Roisterous percussion precedes the sonic pulses that follow in rapid succession. The trio combine fulminations of ill tempered rock with languid folk derivatives and the melodic flow of mandolin enables that unlikely fusion to settle in the mind in well measured evocation.
Whilst I have listened to the whole of their back-catalogue from 2012 – Breaks And Mends through to the EP The Feeling Noise Becomes, which surfaced in February, often featuring guest musicians, I have not found a piece of music which doesn’t have Rashie on Bass, so I can only assume things are even better now than they were of what I have enjoyed, as Dan is now the listed Bassist.
I do have to confess I still remain confused by guitar and drums by one person as a live performance option, so ponder whether plans are afoot to secure a full time guitarist too, I look forward to hearing more of Feral Conservatives, whilst equally as interested to see how the transition from a duo, to potentially a quartet pans out.