Here come The Gods Themselves, busting through walls with supercharged sexuality on ‘Be My Animal’. This is the third major release of the Seattle new wave/alternate band, and it expands upon previous albums with fresh, adult vibes that hardly hold back, shun subtlety and drape the listener in synth-driven raunchiness.
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The title, ‘Be My Animal’, is more than appropriate. The album opens with its namesake, a title track that hits home with its sense of animalism while blowing venomous kisses with hot-headed female vocals. ‘Tech Boys’ is the first song that makes the band’s sexual basis known, and that isn’t just because of its vocabulary of “titillation” and “masturbation” that will terrify any fuddy-duddy, it’s also because the song is fittingly funky, with ice cold disco-influenced drum beats and monstrous synth backing.
‘So Hot’, ‘Speak in Tongues’ and ‘Love’ all have edgy, middle finger-waving punk vibes. The punk influence shouldn’t surprise anyone, as the album overall has an incredible feeling of simply not caring.
The production style is great, the band have found a pretty distinct middle ground where you can hear everything you’re supposed to be hearing, from rough guitars to room-filling drums. It’s not overproduced in the slightest, but it’s very crisp, very attractive.
Once the first few tracks are out of the way, it’s business as usual. That’s not to say ‘Be My Animal’ ever gets boring or tedious, but the height of every stylistic edge the album has going for it is reached with songs like ‘Tech Boys’ and ‘So Hot’. ‘St. Mary’ and ‘Dance With Me’ are somewhat skippable, as they don’t provide any extra depth, but hey, even the best albums have their downers.
So there you have it, you’re looking at The Gods Themselves, a band that deserves a chance with a solid album that deserves a listen (or two). ‘Be My Animal’ won’t please everyone, but if you like to let loose, it’s yours!
‘Be My Animal’ is out now via Music For the Manmade