This is a daring first full length from Leicester’s Jouska – colliding psychedelia and post-punk in a haze of knotted guitars. It’s a barrage of relentless instrumentals punctuated by disorienting disembodied voices. Jouska’s claim that the record is ‘an aural tour of the band’s home city by night’ is a perfect analogy. The quiet beauty, the brutal architecture, the stark contrast from one deserted street to the next.
Think the lo fi guitars of Fugazi or Sonic Youth coupled with the relentless rhythm of Battles or Russian Circles. Refreshingly the instrumentals are never defined by their lack of a vocal tying everything together – it just leaves room to breathe amongst the intesity, and the occasional sampled speech embellishes the songs in a way that seems entirely natural.
This first record is a strong statement of intent from a band just getting started.
Jouska LP is released 4th February on CD and 10th February as a digital download through the band’s own label.