23rd December 2009 12:00:00
Nosferatu D2 - We're Gonna Walk Around This City With Our Headphones On To Block Out The Noise
A year in music can often be as much about what you’ve missed as what you’ve heard. Looking through the end-of-year lists there will be the usual suspects in each one, but it’s in the personal lists that some real magic can be found. My first exposure to this was via one of those lists, the excitment about it made it a must to track down. This is an album that is destined to become a pivotal part of cherished record collections. WGWATCWOHOTBOTN is a lo-fi masterpiece rescued from total obscurity by Audio Antihero Records. The band have now split up but to quote Jamie the label owner, “To me, walking away from Nosferatu D2 would be like having Nirvana’s Bleach, Jeff Buckley’s Grace or Springsteen’s Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J. and just saying no, I won’t sell enough, I won’t bother. Classics can be big and small.” This is a record that inspires such devotion, that people feel it HAS to be released and heard outside of a small circle. It’s an abrasive, underground experience assembled by two brothers. Under produced - and all the better for it - like early Pavement or The Fall. Andy’s vocals sometimes spoken, sometimes spat with acrimony. Had John Peel still been alive these songs would be charting high in the Festive 50. Be glad this wasn’t allowed to disappear into nothing - this is an album that shouldn’t be in a box under someone’s bed, it should be in a CD player in your house.