Take A Worm For A Walk Week – ‘Take A Worm For A Walk Week’ (Midmarch Records)
Here’s another older review I wrote back in early January 2007. This one details the debut offering from Glaswegian quartet Take A Worm For A Walk Week. The reason for posting this will become clearer in a week or so, when I review their new LP ‘TAWFAWW’, which has already scored a 9/10 from Rocksound and a 5/5 from The Skinny. What I’ve listened to on their bandcamp page sounds like one of the most engaging, fresh sounding records I’ve heard from a Glasgow band in some time, this band have seriously progressed in their relatively short lifespan. For now though, let’s delve into the past and learn about their debut record.
This release from Glasgow group, Take A Worm For A Walk Week, is a ‘slight’ departure from has went on in this site previously. But, I like to think I am an open-minded guy and will give most things a try. The artwork for this CD (a mass of skeletal bodies on a black background) points to a band a little more direct and, perhaps, dangerous.
Dangerous, however, would not do the music here justice. It’s ferocious, blistering, menacing and bludgeoning. The group themselves have been gaining a reputation locally on the Glasgow live circuit and also nationally, supporting the likes of Sikth. Kerrang! and Rock Sound both gave the band excellent reviews recently and the music on this self-titled release seems to back up this up.
I have to admit to being behind the times when it comes to heavy rock, my own tastes have just moved in a different direction of late. Having said that though, 3 or 4 years ago I would have lapped this album up.
It is a relentless blast of discordant noise that jumps effortlessly between Eyehategod sludge and Dillinger Escape Plan time signatures. In fact, it is the impeccable and complex rhythms that propel this 13 track, 15 minute release above its peers. It barely pauses for breath and it must take a remarkable amount of concentration when playing this stuff live. The razor-sharp vocals are delivered in the same manic manner as Jesus Lizard frontman David Yow, possibly even more deranged!. While some of the instrumentation simply bludgeons you into submission.
Fans of calm, ambient soundscapes need not apply here, but if you like gutteral roars, impeccable time signtaures and sludgy guitars this is the album for you. What it lacks in length is more than made up for by the outstanding delivery and instrumentation.
About as subtle as a knife to the face, as grating as feeding your hand into a mincer, take a worm for a walk week thrust their riffs down your throat, then scream them into your bowels. Tech as fuck, fast and hard, mixing the intensity of eyehategod with the speed of agoraphobic nosebleed, and almost Jacob Bannon esce vocals. Hailing from Glasgow, featuring ex-members of Torqamada, their self-titled album weighs in with 13 tracks.
The album was recorded by Aereogramme’s Ian Cook, and boasts stunning artwork from artist Richard Forbes-Hamilton, who has designed for such acts as ASVA, depicting a writhing mass of bodies, fading into corpses, a perfect metaphor for the desperation and pummelling nature of this band. ‘TAWFAWW’s 15-Minute debut will leave you felling disoriented, irreparably violated, and with a charred and bloody mess where your face used to be.