Mamuthones take their name from the death-masked incarnations that have walked the processions and haunted the imaginations of the Sardinian locals in the traditions of their carnivals for centuries, and they emerged initially from the Italian occult psychedelia movement. Yet in keeping with the celebratory origins of their moniker, this band – originally formed by ex-Jennifer Gentle (Sub Pop) seer Alessio Gastaldello – are possessed of an upbeat and effervescent sound that’s equal parts riot and ritual. It’s one that’s seen them make waves around the globe, first striking out on Rocket Recordings with the ‘Collisions 04’ split release with Evil Blizzard last year, and their new 12” Symphony For The Devil – which only serves to further guide their spectral magick towards the dance floor.
Perhaps recognising that the Rolling Stones original is in need of desecration more than reverence, the lead track is a spectacular and sacrilegious reinvention, filtering their avant-garage sensibility through a kosmische-disco prism to arrive at something akin to a deviant marriage between the electro-charge of LCD Soundsystem and the elegiac lysergia of Spacemen 3’s ‘Big City’. What’s more, an imposing remix by Howling Owl artists and Bristol’s new kings of noise, Giant Swan (also playing at Liverpool Psych Fest) twists it anew into a drone-based vortex of dub echo and Liars-esque nihilism. Meanwhile, ‘Any Longer’ (from the sessions that produced the ‘Collisions’ material) throws us back into guitar-drenched monomania, tapping gloriously into the ley-lineage of ‘Monster Movie’ and ‘Live At The Witch Trials’ before being disassembled in another remix by Italian dance maestro Lucretio, who also contributes a remix of ‘Symphony For The Devil’ available exclusively to the digital edition of the EP.
This barnstorming record catches the mercurial Mamuthones using their genre-transcending vision and hedonistic intensity to create something primal and potent, mischievous and malevolent. Frankly, Liverpool isn’t going to know what’s hit them.
Mamuthones Symphony for the Devil EP (ltd to 300 copies) will be released on 25th September.