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Scenius: Life Is A Factor

Scenius: Life Is A FactorScenius: Life Is A Thing – Album Review


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Darkwave synthpop duo Scenius launch their second album. Neil Crud writes to his former self with revelation.

[Here’s a letter to my fourteen year old self…]

Hello Neil

It’s Neil right here from 2023… Yeah, that’s proper, the longer term… Now, I’m not right here to let you know that the world continues to be shit, or let you already know the profitable lottery numbers when it begins in 1994. Nope, sorry, you’ve gotta work all that out for your self.

My purpose for writing is to let you know that I respect you’re embroiled within the harshest parts of underground punk rock, yeah I get that. Our love of Lifeless Kennedys, Crass, Chaos UK, Blitzkrieg, Vice Squad, The Damned, Discharge and many others won’t ever wane. This obsessive nature for such noise will solely develop and develop. Jesus. These bands are nonetheless going now right here within the twenty first century! No, I’m right here to let you know that your blinkered method to music will broaden as you become older. It gained’t mellow; the truth is it’ll get extra excessive, however broaden all the identical.

I’m scripting this as I’m listening to the brand new album by Scenius, referred to as Life Is A Factor (their second up to now) – you’ll hate it proper now because it’s like a contemporary tackle Kraftwerk, John Foxx and Gary Numan. Nevertheless, someday you’ll adore it and play it often with no guilt. No, you’re not betraying your punk rock roots by even listening to this. The actual fact you’re listening to this album makes you extra punk rock, because it’s about pushing boundaries. This Anglo-French minimal darkwave synth-pop is as punk rock as that Carcass 12” you’ve, just because it’ll fill a void in your life (as all good music does).

Life Is A Factor is a challenge between Fabrice and Steve. You’ll get to know Steve Whitfield because the productive drive behind a Leeds band referred to as Klammer (they’ll be actually good…). Additionally, you will respect the areas inside the songs and the graceful liquid-like voice of Fabrice.  The music, Chinese language Room, you’ll nearly recognise from the youth membership discos. Y’know, these Depeche Mode songs you at the moment hate? Properly take it from me kiddo, you’ll develop to like this model of music with out compromising your punk rock roots. In case you get any stick out of your punk rock schoolmates – fuck ‘em – Scenius are ace, this album is ace, and that’s all that issues….

Oh, BTW (meaning ‘by the way in which’ in C21) – the profitable lottery numbers on account of be held on nineteenth Nov 1994 are 30, 3, 5, 44, 14 and 22 – cheers.

Scenius on Fb


All phrases by Neil Crud, you will discover his author’s archive right here.
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