‘Mnemotechnic est un groupe de rock’. It may be one of the briefest self-descriptions ever provided by a band but it’s one that suits the simplicity of French three piece’s latest outing Awards. It’s a whirlwind of aggressive dance rock drenched in tremolo guitars and pounding drums that will have any Nine Inch Nails fan proclaiming their newfound gods to be just and worthy…
‘Party People’ continues the theme of unrelenting switching from reserved ticky guitar into a furious mix of highhats that evolve into trashing cymbals and underlying squeaking riffs that stick out like a needle pushing through a wall of noise. There’s a sense of adrenaline and urgency that permeates the whole track and it feels all kinds of good.
‘Then And If The Girl’ initially alludes to heavier undertones but soon stomps straight back into that pumping dance fuzz that Awards makes its trademark. Syncopated beats drop down into quieter sections only to build straight into a plethora of energetic whaling, a smash of cymbals and spot on half beats and rigorous guitar.
It’s an impressive concoction and one that’s sure to leave an impression. If you’re in a dancey mood look no further, you won’t be disappointed.
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Check out Mnemotechnic @ mnemotechnic.fr
Words by Ross Haymes