ALBUM REVIEW: Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats – Wasteland

Release Date: October 12th 2018
Label: Rise Above Records
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It’s been three years since the release of their fourth studio album, ‘The Night Creeper’. However, Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats have finally returned with its follow-up, ‘Wasteland’. The concept of the album focuses on technology, and the negative impacts that it can have on one’s life.

The album is based in a dystopian world, wherein everyone has had their memories wiped and can only take in the information given to them by glowing “propaganda screens.” With eight tracks and a running time of 46 minutes, this is one of the band’s shortest albums.

The four-piece garage rockers use synthesisers and a spoken word announcement on opener, ‘I See Through You’, a choice that immediately places the audience in the dystopian setting of the album. The song then drops into a sea of chugged power chords and bouncing guitar riffs. The use of the telephone effect on the lead vocal is an interesting production choice considering the genre of music. However, when you consider the underlying themes at play in this record, this choice acts as an additional nod towards the ideas the album is trying to get across.

The band opt for a slower progression and nice variance in pace with ‘No Return’. An ascending guitar riff and droning open note open this slower tempo track, as an underlying organ flourishes in the background, creating an almost sinister feel to the track.

Closer ‘Exodus’ is when the musicianship of the band’s lead guitarist and frontman Uncle Acid comes into play, as wailing solos paint the album’s climax and create an interesting dynamic to the structuring of the track.

‘Wasteland’ is an album that portrays the band doing what they do best, bringing forward important themes and topics in a way that any fan of the band will be bound to love.