After formation in 2007, Eddy Temple-Morris and Tom Bellamy’s Losers took a couple of years and a first album to build into the band they are today. Recruiting The Automatics guitarist Paul Mullen to bring that rock sound and the talents of Oceansize drummer Mark Heron. The foursome combined a varied background of skills to create their 2nd album ‘And So We Shall Never Part’.
On the 9th September this year brought the bands third electric/rock fusion album ‘How To Ruin Other Peoples Futures’ – it has a rock/metal front with electro coursing though its veins. With its creators from such different backgrounds, their latest album is a love child from very different parents. They have already caught the eyes of well-known names such as Gary Numan calling them “Utterly fucking brilliant, epic, beautiful, huge.”
This album never attempts to hide its ambition for grandeur and spectacle. From the off, its clear that this band have electro roots but still want to instil rock throughout. There are times when this partnership pays off but also where its starts to sound more like something from Jeff Wayne’s ‘War of the Worlds’.
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The album brings together a cacophony of sounds and effects that at times work well like ‘This Is War’ with its fist banging baseline and vocals that have just the right amount of creepy Charlie and the Chocolate factory hypnotic vibe to them to. Then quiet! The eye of the storm, before an airstrike of heavy baselines and cluster bombs beats rain down. Till in the heavy chaos appears vocals that guide to safety and the end of the track.
Their ability to encapsulate the energy and excitement in songs like “Red Rag” shows just how talented these guys are. It intensifies and draws you in with lyrics ‘a red rag to a bull’ sung as if the person is running past you. Its heart-beating baseline gets louder and more intense that turns in to a thump and you really feel like the chase is on.
The bands focus on using electro effects is clear to see in ‘Car Crash’, it’s head on wall of sound that is either experimental or an over use of effects. The lyrics on the album leave much to be desired but with a band like Losers, that’s not why you bought it. ‘Exit Plan’ is essentially a heartbreak song with random lyrics like ‘orange peel guillotine’ and ‘I will win with a wooden spoon.’ It’s not going to win any poetry competitions but will win you round in other ways.
Overall though the band have really gone all out with the array of sound on this album, where the use of effects may be to much for some, this album is going to be something to remember when played live. Anyone who enjoyed their last outing will be sure to enjoy this one.
‘How To Ruin Other Peoples Future’ was out on the Sep 09, 2016 via 61seconds records.
This Losers article was written by Owen Jenkins, a GIGsoup contributor