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Field Records

Combining a highly flammable Molotov cocktail of Blood Brothers-esque schizophrenic hardcore and gloriously f*cked up At The Drive-In off-kilter leanings; Leicester based five-piece Public Relations Exercise have turned many a head in recent times thanks to a series of captivating shows with the likes of 65daysofstatic, Winnebago Deal and Hell Is For Heroes. Arriving after a string of well-received singles, Come You Are Safe We Are From The Bombs is the band's startling debut album, an album that's destined to ensure that their star rises even higher in the near future. The tranquil build up of 'Maximiser Co-ordinator' kicks things off before it eventually bursts into a racing mix of math-rock guitars and unhinged yelps. The superb 'Catalyst' follows suit, stepping in at a startling pace before exploding into a deliriously brilliant chorus with vocalist Martin Smith wailing like a crazed banshee. It's Smith's unique delivery that truly elevates Public Relations Exercise above the crowd of other post-hardcore acts around at the moment, with his unpredictable vocal gymnastics - delivered in a manner not seen since Glassjaw's Daryl Palumbo - leaving the listener frequently amazed. Elsewhere, the remarkable quality never relents for one second, be it the winding roads of 'Sub 10 part', the fantastic guitar work of Blanco or the brilliant 'This is the Sort of Question I'm Usually Afraid to Ask', which starts off innocuously enough before transforming into a spectacularly intense beast of a track.

As debut albums go, it doesn't get much more monstrously unhinged than Come You Are Safe We Are From The Bombs, and for all those who like their music abstract and challenging, it's an album that highly likely to be one of the best discoveries of 2007.

Rating: 4/5 by Dan Jones

Tracklisting

  1. Maximiser Co-ordinator
  2. Catalyst
  3. Sub 10
  4. interface! interface!
  5. Parallax Error
  6. This is the sort of question I'm usually afraid to ask
  7. Blanco
  8. Dragon Claw
  9. Centurion
  10. Get the Gun
  11. Eleven

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