Oct 11, 2012

Wreckage Reviews

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By Dave Segal

The Western world is lousy with bands meshing industrial guitar damage with dance beats. Maybe five percent are worth the aluminium on which they’re pressed. In this genre, lreland has produced Therapy? but by their third album they’ve drastically blanded out and now seem poised to become a less pompous U2. Which sort of leaves the field open for fellow countryman Stano who’s been recording since 1982 unbeknownst to me and millions of others, to fill the void.

Satisfying dance-floor requirements as well as laying down some wicked noiz-glam guitar lines, Stano’s fifth album should appeal to those who like to listen to music in both vertical and horizontal positions. Imagine Chrome colliding with Nine Inch Nails in a disco – that’s Wreckage.

My Bloody Valentine’s brilliant drummer Colm O’Ciosoig helps on three tracks producing, composing and playing sampler keyboards. The best of these ‘BIeeding Horse ‘ is the coolest warped dance/experimental rock hybrid since MBV’s ‘Soon.’ Distance’ an eerie slo-mo dance track, also shows Colm’s leftfield sensibilities. Other songs bearing Valentinian guitars are Fire Caught in Rain’ and ‘Brook’.

Mostly though Stano tries to do many interesting things with the noise-danceability equation and succeeds more often than not.




By Michael Beirne

WRECKAGE is Stano’s fifth album, and while expectations were let down with his last one, this album is an amazing show of force. Co-produced by Stano and Colm

O’Ciosoig of My Bloody Valentine, Wreckage is the epitome of diversity. From the industrial NlN/Young Gods tinted ‘Drain Puppet’ to the three part dance epic ‘Whatever Way You Are’ ‘Wreckage’ is like taking a high speed train along the musical railroad. From rock to ballads to straight forward house and dance, this is an album that will entice, excite and entertain at every opportunity. The house beat and sensibilities of ‘Bleeding Horse’ rest rather easily alongside the beautiful sweep of ‘Land Slips the Mind’ and the gravelly ‘Fire Caught In Rain.’ A real kick in the teeth for the rock purists and a welcome addition to the record collection of people who genuinely love music.


IN DUBLIN of March 2-15 ’94

By Frank O’Neill

Stano is one of lrish music’s true originals. Wreckage is his umpteenth album and It’s also his best, an intriguing distillation of all the studio tricks and eccentric methodology that he’s been honing to a fine art over more than a decade of recording Stano is a master of studio serendipity. He juggles with sounds and musicians, turning them upside down and inside out until he hits on something that works. ‘Wreckage’ is a rich, and mostly satisfying, assortment of tape loops, white noise, aural landscapes and good old fashioned guitar driven pop songs. ‘Drain Puppet’ hits a spot right in the pit of your stomach – It’s wonderful in a queasy sort of way, an acid trip on the Big Dipper. ‘Pearls’ is The Ramones trying to do 100 mph in second gear. ‘Bleeding Horse’ suggests that Stano has had some very disturbing experiences in the Camden Street pub of the title. Over fourteen tracks ‘Wreckage’ explores a coral reef of textures and mood, often stunningly juxtaposed Weird and mostly wonderful