One of my most anticipated releases of the Autumn is the new EP by The Janitors, Evil Doings Of An Evil Kind, which is released both digitally and on 12 inch vinyl by Bad Afro records on September 22nd, with pre-order beginning on September 1st.
Ahead of that the band have released ‘Here They Come’ as a digital only single as a taster. If this track is anything to go by it is going to be brilliant. ‘Here They Come’ sees the band commentating on politics, probably for the first time with any real depth as they take a concerned look at the rise of the right in Europe.
The track, which being unmistakably ‘Janitors’ does mark a bit of a departure for the band. So while there is the same blend of fuzzy guitar and Joy Division vocals that marked the brilliant last album Drone Head, this feels a slightly cleaner and more polished track. These things are, of course, relative and it is still a relentless melange of competing sounds and styles, initially with a dominant Middle Eastern vibe. The track gradually disintegrates to into a long psyched out instrumental section towards the end which reminded me of Killing Joke with its relentless heavy riffage and decent into chaos.
This, then, is a strong return from one of my favourite bands and I’m really looking forward to hearing the rest of this EP when it comes out, and am absolutely beside myself with excitement about seeing them at this year’s Liverpool PsychFest on 27th September (they are also playing the Shackwell Arms on the 25th).
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