The November Five - 'Throwing Rocks Against The Sun' (Montauk Industries) Print E-mail
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Written by Dom Daley   
Monday, 23 May 2016 03:20

NOVfive300I found I was fist punching the air before I'd heard a note from The November Five and that was just when I read their PR blurb for this here album. I'm with you brothers so let's kick against the pricks together. Now you better have yourselves a bloody good record here after building up my hopes.


'Deeper Daze' gets right on with business and with a great manifesto I breath a sigh of relief that they have the chops to back it up. With thunderous drums we're off and within the first fifteen seconds they introduce a cowbell as they get down to rocking their socks off with a sound that's fairly traditional garage rock and roll but as the song comes to its conclusion I thinking of Echo and his Bunnymen or the Icicle Works which is cool by me.


'A Little Knowledge' is up next and with a uptempo mid '80s rock sound going on - not a million miles from what The Godfathers are all about if I'm honest.


'You Can't Hide From Time' sounds like it was born in the '60s with a good measure of beatnik cool about it. Whilst you try (as we all like to) to pigeon hole bands into convenient pockets for comfort or coolness, bands like The November Five live outside gimmicks and have an attitude about their music that shines through all the superficial unimportant guff. 'We All Slide' is an angry mofo and has some real punk rock attitude about it and a fire in its belly.


The album's title track is eased in gently and slowly meanders until the drums kick in and the song builds with a hypnotic beat to the inevitable break out. Which as it happens works really well before returning to the hushed intro. From there we soar with some uptempo offerings with 'Hot Cell' being a great slice of angry garage rock with a splendid shimmering guitar riff all that's missing is the handclaps to accompany the solo.


'You're Not Making Any Sense' makes use of its forefathers like The Doors before kickin' up a gear into the standout track on an already impressive album. Penultimate song is a short sharp blast of post punk in the shape of 'I Am The One' before 'Feed The Lie' closes the album with its epic eight minutes of drama laced with some great lyrics even if the riff sails close to Sabbath's 'Paranoid' around the six minute mark.  


As The November Five rage against the machine with this dark and calculated rock and roll record that has glimpses of light among the shade it's pretty much all of a very high standard and well worth checking out - now, what side are you on?