Scientists of Sound, Halifax’s white-coated, wolf-masked, live-looping duo, emerged from the lab this past Tuesday with their first full length album – Electric Scissors.
Chock full of Gothic mob choruses, monstrous breaks and thumping, melodic beats Electric Scissors should be listened to at the highest volume possible. Self-described as “Stanley Kubrick meets Justice and early Daft Punk,” Craig Mercer (Jimmy Swift Band) joined forces with Colin Crowell (Ruby Jean & Thoughtful Bees) to form SOS back in 2010. They released an EP in 2011 called Wealth and Hellness and have toured as far as China, showcasing their improvised live-looping, synapse-shattering light show and, of course, Mercer’s super-meaty guitar riffs and spooky vocals.
Electric Scissors dropped on Tuesday, debuting at #1 on CBC Radio 3 and #6 on iTunes electronic chart. The album grinds out distorted, pumping electronica with a fervour truly reminiscent of experimental science. It’s easy to picture Mercer and Crowell surrounded by dismembered amps, keyboards and MPCs – furiously tinkering with sparking wires, sunken eyes and giant, buzzing shocks of electricity.
The music on this record belongs in a Guy Ritchie Movie, except filmed in Halifax. No track exemplifies that more than Train REC which makes me think of a down-on-his-luck punter cum diamond thief charging down an alleyway to avoid a rabid pack of dobermans.
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