If the words alternative, light, dark, passionate and atmospheric, are appealing to you, then you won’t be disappointed with the latest Arrows of Love release. To listen to the album is like trying to get your head around a Tarantino movie, with mood swings that take you dreaming to a safe place then wake you up abruptly like your darkest nightmare. But this 45 minutes of your life is time well spent as you will not hear anything quite like it except maybe in his next film. It’s not going to be everybody’s cup of tea, but more like a mug of ‘Horlicks’ with a Tequila chaser!
It’s no surprise that they supported ‘The Fall’ in 2016 as there are similarities in rhythmic style and vocal tones in places, but they are a very difficult act to pigeonhole as there are overtones of so many different bands in this album. From ‘Signal’s ‘Bauhaus’ vibe to the more ‘Cramps’ riff feel of ‘Predictable’, this selection of songs keep you wondering just what is coming next…… well to my surprise, it’s the ‘Nirvana’/Therapy? sounding ‘Toad’ which is probably my personal favourite. There’s also traces of Marilyn Manson meets Nick Cave in ‘Restless Feeling’ and certain tracks deliver the tribal like grooves of Bow Wow Wow and The Banshees backing up vocals reminiscent of Talking heads front man David Byrne which is when they sound at their most commercial.
This album may also appeal to fans of 70’s alternative punk influenced veterans like Killing Joke, Punishment of Luxury and even The Gang Of Four, having lots of diversity across the board, yet Arrows Of Love still manage to retain a unique style and I can safely say that they have a very original PRODUCT.
By Craig S#arp-Weir
Arrows of Love are playing Nottingham’s Rough Trade supported by Babe Punch & Those Howlin Sounds on Wed 22nd November – Order the CD here! Vinyl coming just in time for Christmas!