Review of Fledermaus Can't Get It Album by Von Sudenfed

Von Sudenfed
Fledermaus Can't Get It
Album Review

Von Sudenfed Fledermaus Can't Get It Album

Threshold Appr Von Sudenfed are Andi Toma, Jan St Werner (Mouse on Mars), and The Fall's Mark E. Smith. Blimey! Who'd have thought it? Now, for a committed Fall fan like myself, it's always interesting to see Smith in contexts other than The Fall. Because The Fall is his band, his vision: in collaboration mode, Smith has to accommodate others. And while 'Fledermaus Can't Get It' shares some stylistic traits with The Fall (repetition, thundering beats), it sounds bugger all like them.

Metal mosquitoes whine malarially over a throbbing bass before a big, fat, dirty, abrasive noise joins in. Mmmm. Very promising. This bunch don't sound like they're at home to Mr Tunes. And, of course, they have what sounds like Britain's drunkest man hollering his perverse, obscure, stammered observations over the top. And by God, he sounds angry. Angrier than he has done for years. By the end he is genuinely yelling, on the verge of hysteria.

Musically, it's an electro/disco/dubstep kind of feel. 'Filthy disco', if you like. All the instruments are harsh, almost industrial, and the track batters along at a fair jack-booted clip. This would sound nothing sort of punishing in a club or through a monstrous festival PA. At 3'38', though, it's too brief a taste, and tongue is now hanging out for the album.

Job very much done, boys.

Jon Watson

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