Reviews

“…This is more celebratory than Branca’s ominous rumblings, though, and more relentlessly rockist than Chatham’s ethereal uplift. The drummers pound out tribalistic repetitive grooves while guitars swoop and clang and mesh together in a flood of overtones which conjure up all sorts of sounds – strings, choirs and brass seem to be drifting around underneath the guitars at various points even though you know they’re not there. There are six compositions on this album but they’re all focused on that same aesthetic of lots of guitars making lots of noise. If that’s something you like, buy this! Aside from the aforementioned New Yorkers there aren’t many people out there making this kind of a racket. It’s a life-affirming combination of bombastic noise rock and chin-strokey extended music that you’ll keep coming back to.”

9/10

Norman Records, Album of the week, August 2013.

“…a palate-scorching blast of screaming guitars by Peter James Taylor, formerly of no-wave influenced Bletchley punks Action Beat. This track, Up Yours, announces its intentions straight away with a wave of tremelo-picked guitars (with Shellac-style metallic distortion), and doesn’t let up from there – the Sonic-Youth-at-their-most-hectic drums ensure that all of the instrumental song’s 7+ minutes pound their way into your psyche. The track is arranged and played on 6 guitars, and it shows and pays off in its sheer wonderful violence.”

FatCat Records Demo Player. Feb 15th 2011

“This is a pretty astounding sounding record. Taking time off from his main band Action Beat, PJT has assembled a contemporary UK “guitar army” in the vein of ol’ Noisy bastard Glenn Branca’s NY outfit. ‘Mate’ is the result. A taut, wiry collision of furious and mighty monotone guitar thrash & some seriously insane Steve Shelley-esque drum abuse. This incredibly fine record reminds you of what it is like to get caught right in the eye of a prime SY maelstrom or the culmination of an Action Beat curated aural tornado. This is rock music on a very pure, electrifying plain. Forceful, intelligent, relentless, euphoric & very loud. But with the source ingredients being relatively minimal, you’re getting all the uncluttered detail. Just galloping, driving drums & walls of fierce guitars that slice up and down the side of your face like the most brutal biting wind. Put this vicious fucker on and you’ll get forced right slam into the back of your sofa, such is the velocity & fury of this very righteous rock. Power on boys. Stellar line-up also includes memebers of House of John Player & Hired Muscle!”

5/5

NORMAN RECORDS. dec 2010

“Peter J Taylor’s name might make him sound like he’s a columnist for a broadsheet paper but listen to a split second of his music and you’ll realise that he is in fact a monstrous nutter who’s created an instrumental album of intense, punky guitar driven compositions that sound like they’re the backing track to a b-movie car chase. He used to be in some band I’ve never heard of, but who cares about that, care about this.

This record is partly white noise and it should really be awful. But it’s not. It’s good. Great in fact. I put it on and listened to the whole thing straight through. Sober. It doesn’t let up or let you go in it’s manic and tense nature. It’s like a refreshing citrus slap round the face that barks “Stop listening to Mark Lanegan you twat. What are you doing with your life? Don’t you remember what you used to like?” (Just me then?) It makes me remember how much raucous fun music can be. Should be. Taylor sounds like he’s having so much fun. I want to pick up a guitar join in.

There’s also some great little intricacies to be found inbetween the wailing eight tracks here but I don’t think for a minute any of it was done consciously. ‘Mate’ is like a Kandinsky painting: insane, nonsensical, alluring; hinting at control and overall it’s odd parts making a beautiful whole. It’s also a big bastard sonic onslaught of electric death too, of course.

The self released album ‘Mate’ is available for a mere £4 on his bandcamp site but if you’re a tight-fisted, miser, skinflint, cheapskate tight wad, then you can just stream the thing and rock out in front of your computer like it’s 2011. But remember: Your ears are for life, not just for Christmas. Now go listen.”

http://musicgob.tumblr.com/  Feb 2011.

“Ex Action Beat member Peter J Taylor offers a lovely slice of frenetic guitars and discordant amp damage with this. Each track is unrelenting in its intent and truly drives the point home. Indeed at points it is as though Lightning Bolt got rid of their bass and replaced it with a guitar.With this in mind this formula is touched on time and time again and can be a little samey but the evident talent on display and desire to just straight up rock out often dispels any worries that this mans heart is not firmly in the right place. “Red Schuhert,” is the pot of gold at the end of a bright and endearing record that seems to have a huge sigh at the end of it after the amount of work that has gone into the previous 7 tracks. The noise band from Bletchleys loss is our gain.”

MASS MOVEMENT MAGAZINE. Steve Ready – Feb 2011

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