For those who have never warmed to the Two Koreas for refusing to cover up the pervasive influence of the Fall on what they do, the Sessions EP offers yet more reasons to hate them. Not only have they brazenly held tight to the sonic inspiration of Mark E. Smith, but the EP is housed in a smart-arse send-up of the Strange Fruit label’s design for their Peel Sessions series.
An argument could be made that the best part of the whole clever package is not the vastly improved Two Koreas’ surprisingly tight live recordings from The Verge XM 52 compiled here, but the sleeve idea of replacing the familiar Peel Sessions featured artists list with their own comical concatenations like Fleetwood Mac Davis, Husker Duul II, Mahavishnu Order, Ultra Broken Vivid Scene, Grateful Dead Can Dance, Lynyrd Cohen, etc. If we’re suddenly beset by a plague of ridiculous high-concept cover bands, you know who to blame.
The Two Koreas hit a SummerWorks soiree at the Theatre Centre August 9.