Reviews of ‘A Hammer to the Camera Lens’
In our culture of recycling, it’s a relief when something truly original comes along. How many other songs do you know that tackle a bank manager going on a murderous rampage with his pet monkey (‘Spot Monkey’)?
It’s the album’s heterogeneousness that causes it to be such a refreshing listen; one moment the band are channelling Primal Scream jamming with Television on ‘Country Music’, juxtaposed with the sax-laden lounge-ska of ‘Tanya’. Give a 5-year old boy with ADHD a Red Bull and a box of crayons and tell him to go mental, you still won’t be able to replicate the astonishing variety and depth of imagination demonstrated here
They burn the candle at both ends, and their light shines brighter as a result
When you get something truly fresh and original, you know instantaneously. ‘A Hammer To The Camera Lens’ is exactly that.
They played what their hearts dictated and that is the most rewarding thing you can do as a musician.
Pisco Presents @ The Grapes
NOT even freezing weather could keep devotees of murky pop away from an evening with up-and-coming pop/rock act Pisco Sour Hour.
The four-piece sent a packed pub crazily shoe-tapping and nodding, with their infectious bass-laden guitar and saxophone-driven rock on a wintry Sheffield night.
The Pisco Presents…The World Of Tomorrow event at the Grapes pub was a themed gig night that they shared with modern rockers The Great Escape Plan, to promote South Yorkshire’s band talent.
Then came Pisco, all tooled-up up in lab coats and goggles for their set which began with vigour and ended in frenzied abandon… without ever abandoning the excellent precision rhythm that kept the gig on the rails and the crowd on their feet.Â Ditching the overcoats midway through due to sheer heat energy, the group kept up a relentless pace.Â The songs ranged from melodic to boisterous â€“ even shouty at times.Â They occasionally lost tune. But given their rare effect on the crowd â€“ leaving a hapless grin on every face â€“ they could be forgiven for this.
South Yorks Times
And you don’t need to know too much about music to appreciate tonight’s first band, Pisco Sour Hour. They swap instruments. They share vocals. The main guitarist looks a bit like Jimi Goodwin. What’s not to like? Certainly not, y’know, the music. They come on like a gutter-sniping Spiritualized, each song a paranoid cluster-bomb filled with flick-knife menace. This is music you don’t turn your back on. It’d horse-whip you with a spare bass string.
The Pisco’s had me amazed from the first second I saw them a week or so ago, and last night cemented them as my favourite local band (an honour that seems to change on a daily basis at the moment). I can’t quite pinpoint what it is they do. Are they an eighties influenced new wave band? Do they sound a little like Elvis Costello? Did they really just cover an INXS tune? They have humour, great songs, bass lines and rhythms that make you wanna dance your arse off and tell interesting, yet dubious true stories about squirrels. See them again? Yes please!
By Icarusboy, Soundaloud.com
A cover of an INXS song didn’t seem to do them any harm, and it fitted in with their own music flawlessly, and the vocals of all three members had their own moments to shine, which is rare to see in any band. I find it difficult to pin their music down, it is obviously influenced by the early 80s, I’d say somewhere between Elvis Costello and the earlier period of Japans work, but unlike many of the bands around who try to emulate the past, Pisco Sour Hour dont sound old, they sound new, and fresh, and they are a band who seem totally at ease on stage. Despite not being a huge fan of their music, it was at the end of the set that they really shined for me, Idiot and the Conch really stood out, and I was just starting to really enjoy myself when they finished, and like many other audience members, gave me the desire to catch this trio again as soon as possible.
By Lexie, Soundaloud.com
The Earl, Sheffield
Headliners Pisco Sour Hour were up to close the night – another three-piece but with a more mysterious look. There three guys really have something going for them – there is a real edge in their music. At times they make you uncomfortable, other times they make you want to dance. They remind me of Pavement at times but a lot darker. What’s great about this band is that all their tracks are varied and all damn good. They offer different angles to the band – the awkward bassist sings the darker songs and is reminiscent of Jim Morrison at time. Pete sings the more melodic tunes and is backed perfectly by the vocals of drummer Andy. The drummer even takes a go at singing one himself and they are just as good as the rest of the songs. Overall – a night of great and varied bands and I really feel that PSH could be one of my favourite local bands in the last couple of months.
By Ad Follett, Soundaloud.com