Title - 'Disintegrate Me'
Artist - Professor and the Madman
Interestingly enough, 'The Professor and the Madman' is an upcoming American-Irish drama film, based on the book The Surgeon of Crowthorne by Simon Winchester.
That said, it has nothing to do with (one assumes) this brand new supergroup of musical talents and their debut album, Disintegrate Me.
Inspired by Universal horror movies, the literature of Edgar Allan Poe, and the chaos of the world around them, the four veteran musicians who comprise PROFESSOR AND THE MADMAN are ready for the curtain to rise on their world debut.
The group comprises co-frontmen Alfie Agnew and Sean Elliott, alongside the legendary rhythm section of drummer Rat Scabies and bassist Paul Gray.
2. 'Space Walrus'
8. 'Demented Love Song'
9. 'Electroconvulsive Therapy'
10. 'Christmas Eve' (Bonus Track)
They open with the balls to the wall retro punk of 'Nightmare', before heading into the Beatlesesque 'Space Walrus', a track that is, for my money, the highlight of the album. That's backed by the guitar pop of both 'Wishes' and the brilliant 'Faces', before the unexpected piano ballad 'Mirror' comes to the fore.
The frenetic guitars of 'Machines' is yet another great track to fire up on a car journey and that's followed by both 'Useless' and the lo-fi countrified 'Demented Love Song'. The album then rounds out officially with the wirey Oasisesque beauty 'Electroconvulsive Therapy,' but there's still time for them to sneak the simply brilliant bonus track 'Christmas Eve' in!
Co-produced by the band and David M. Allen (The Cure, The Damned, The Sisters of Mercy), Disintegrate Me's nine tracks (not counting the Xmas bonus cut) obviously encompass elements of British Invasion rock, Britpop, psych, Prog, power pop, and even country, all underpinned by the melodic punk energy that these guys have always possessed and shown live.
But don't think for one minute that this is music still destined to be resigned in people's minds as flashback fodder, for every single one of these tracks is urgent, is required, and is more raw and alive as anything in today's current so-called Top 40 chart.
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