Falling Stacks

Malevolent undertones, rolling bass, taut rhythms and guitars which alternate between disdainful thrashing and roving single notes / Crack Magazine

Bristol’s Falling Stacks released their debut full-length No Wives in summer of 2015 through Battle Worldwide Recordings. It followed three acclaimed EPs that have enjoyed airplay from Gideon Coe and Tom Ravenscroft on 6Music, Huw Stephens on Radio 1 (once, at 2am, shut up) and which Echoes & Dust called ‘deliciously boisterous, disorderly, filthy … experimental avant-garde at its best’.

That sets a serious tone, but the music is leavened by the band’s undeniable humour and lack of self-regard. They describe their sound as ‘like the thrashing and squawking of a buzzard with its leg in a mantrap’ and insist that their songs are ‘mostly about dogs’. They play selectively and don’t tour. They are a contrary outfit whose laconic, easy-going approach shouldn’t be mistaken for laziness: the music is fiercely focused, but on the songs rather than the frippery. Nice guys, less nice band.