July 29th, 2009 | Uncategorized | 0 Comments
Goodbye To The Holy Mountain
(From Here To There Records; 2009)
Think more along the lines of Alejandro Jodorowski’s arty/stoner film masterpiece referenced in the title of the EP than the 1988 Jean-Claude Van Damme action movie the band shares a name with: the Nova Scotia-based Bloodsport appropriates the behind-the-shades cool and noisy chugging guitars of Sonic Youth, combining it with more structured composition and a touch of the hazy, mystical shtick of Black Mountain and its many beard-tastic spin-off bands.
Goodbye…’s four tracks do the trick in getting the idea across of just what kind of band Bloodsport is…and that they like to give their songs really cool-sounding names. “Photos From My Last Trip To Salem” stole its satanic-buzz guitar sound straight off Goo, sports a mean chorus, and ends in a semi-climactic rising chant that collapses into searing guitar feedback and crashing drums until it tires out. The less-aggressive but still more single-ready “Swallowing Werewolves (I Heard Mary Timony Used To Live There)” lurches during its circular verses until hitting its world-weary chorus of, “You taught me how to play/Heart and soul.” Song gets points not just for being awesome but for another great title reference, this time being indie rock artist Mary Timony.
The second half of the EP is less memorable but shows a slightly darker and debatably more interesting side of Bloodsport’s sound. “Accidents With Homemade Fireworks” is all stylish grunge changes while “Japanese Democracy” is a ghostly sludge crawl. Bloodsport may have ordered their aesthetics right out of the classic SST catalog, but when a band has this much heart and soul of its own, it really doesn’t matter.