BASTARDS OF FATE: Suck the Light Out / Way Else: 2 x LP

Aug 16, 2017

This is the most amount of music that I have the least amount of words for. Not only did I get this full length record of new material, but it came with a second full length of demos spanning their whole career. Now, having never heard this band before, I can’t very well comment on the demo versions of songs that have found their home on other records. However, I can talk about the synth-heavy fever dream that is Suck the Light Out. There’s a lot of controlled chaos on this record—in a way that I really don’t know how to describe. Side A starts out with church bells that fade into tambourine and keyboards that sound equal parts sci-fi, art rock, and fantasy. Frontperson Doug Cheatwood has this larger-than-life voice that I just can’t put my finger on, but my gut wants to compare it to Dan Vanian (The Damned) and Danny Elfman (Oingo Boingo). Every song on this record is like a grab bag of audio samples. There’s really no telling what twists and turns it’s going to take, but count on it being a wild ride. Initially, I was so confused by it that I didn’t like it, but after spin three it’s really growing on me. –Kayla Greet (Happy Happy Birthday To Me)