Album Review: INTO MY PLASTIC BONES – A Symbolic Tennis Pot

Review from Jay Stansfield

Review from Jay Stansfield

INTO MY PLASTIC BONES say they’re influenced by Fugazi and they’re not wrong. It’s a beautiful thing to sound like one of the best bands to emerge from the alternative music scene. If you throw in a bit of Shellac too, you’ve got ‘Sumizone / 666′ filling your earholes, with tasty droning guitars, twangy driving basslines and thumping drums. Shouty vocals ride inside it and they fit perfectly. It blends into some crazy choppy solo thing and ends a bit like Rage Against The Machine.

Overstepping bounds has echoes of The Ex ringing through it, mixed in with a bit of early Offspring. The guitars in this could be straight out of a Scarfo track as the bass blasts through like Primus on a pop-trip and really gets your feet bopping with its At The Drive In-esque vocals trogging through it. This vibe carries on through into ‘Cheap canvas and again we can hear some real influence of The Ex in there, which is amazing. It’s dirty, grungy, sparkly and has some nice time shifts and surprising changes to keep it all interesting.

Sawn
goes from almost twee, XTC pop into some kind of Mr Bungle meets Henry Rollins mudbath at a Sonic Youth party. It’s followed by ‘This endless conversation which reminds me, strangely, of the theme tune from ‘Monty On The Run‘ by Rob Hubbard on the C64. It’s got this driving, shiny bass that pushes along underneath sharp, relentless electric guitar and has a groove straight out of hardcore metal land. Great stuff.
The noticeable thing about INTO MY PLASTIC BONES is they use really subtle time signature changes and rhythms which I have always been a fan of, purely because it shows a real cohesion and togetherness in the music. ‘Supermarket macarena shows this off brilliantly, shifting and changing all the way through and ending really chuggy and meaty.

Flyby’ gives us a bit of Shellac – if they were the lovechild of Led Zeppelin and US Maple. It’s a weird combination, but it has to be said – they wear their influences on their sleeves and it’s no bad thing. They sound like all the bands I enjoy, so it’s hard to listen objectively in places, but it must be said that they got me rocking.

The closing track ‘Ngunza’ is a grand departure from everything before it, but it’s perfectly placed on a well timed and totally enjoyable album well worth anyone’s listening time. Rock out INTO MY PLASTIC BONES.

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