Apart from unveiling a surprisingly bombastic side to their erstwhile maudlin slo-?fi, 2005’s The Great Destroyer also gave Low frontman Alan Sparhawk a chance to show off some of the rock anthemics he’d been practising with his (then new) side project Retribution Gospel Choir.
Three years later, their slow-?in-?the-?making eponymous debut finds the trio in thoroughly abrasive form – all angry distorted guitars and sludgy chords that revel in some repressed turmoil. But with all this self-?indulgence comes the odd inclination toward confusing melody with melancholy. Unlike Low’s loudest (and best) album, it lacks the roll to match its rock.
Retribution Gospel Choir blast the Rivoli on Saturday (June 21)