It’s been seven long years since the US last heard from Japaneese electro-rockers, Boom Boom Satellites. In that time, it seems as though maestros Masayuki Nakano and Michiyuki Kawashima have travelled across the musical plains, trading influence and inspiration with all that is cool about music in the new millennium, melting them together with the help of some Pink Floydian glue.
*note: This is an old review originally published on music review site Big Yawn in 2006*
Indeed, with forth album Full of Elevating Pleasures, the ‘Satellites have produced an LP that is likely to find itself recommended to all and sundry in the “If you like this, try also category”, such are the number of popular, ‘so now’ sounds that could be picked from this thumping 12-track stomper.
Described in the accompanying Press Release as ‘a gospel rock ‘n’ roll album’, Full of Elevating Pleasures opens up with Rise and Fall, a track that for all the world sounds like Pink Floyd jamming on an impromptu cover on Metallica’s Hit The Lights. A soulful voice crying out over crashing guitars that stop and start and, erm… well, rise and fall.
Yet that’s about where the nod to the old-school ends, and for the remainder of this supersonic stereo-killer, the Boom Boom boys bash out tune after tune of great electro-rock that drums up images of a number of great bands.
Whether it’s the slow acoustic-gospel of Let it All Come Down, that brings together the sounds of Manchester, England in an Oasis Vs M-People sort of way, the banging, Kasabian-like Moment I Count or Back in the Night, with it’s crisp, prominent drums and outspoken vocal refrains ala The Music, there’s something here for anyone and everyone who likes good, loud music they can cut loose to.
The album reaches its peak with Dive For You, a furiously fast full-on rock tune that was used as the theme tune for anime feature film Appleseed, yet as near the end of this sonic race along the best in electronic influenced music, Full of Elevating Pleasures doesn’t let up, making a impressive dive over the finish line to celebrate having made one hell of a booming (pun somewhat intended) album.
Seven years is a long time to be away, thank god Boom Boom Satellites are back.
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Full of Elevating Pleasures
Sounds Like: electro-rock, gospel, (Kasabian, The Music etc)