ONEIDA A Place Called El Shaddai’s (Turnbuckle)

More New York practitioners of guitar abuse, Oneida (a duo, according to the cover) at least recognise the value of a tune now and then, which makes the likes of "Hieronymus" bearable in a sub-"Raw Power"-era Stooges sorta way, and "Salad Days" crackles on a lower voltage a leetle like the Velvets’ "Pale Blues Eyes". Sadly the spectre of ham-fisted art-rock atonality is never far away, and consequently I can’t really recommend "A Place Called El Shaddai’s" on any basis other than it being the best (or least bad) Turnbuckle album I’ve heard so far.

Oakley Hall