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Boredom and Terror / Let's Toil


Artist: Intelligence
Label: In the Red Records
RRP: £13.99
Release Date: 30 September 2014

In The Red have reissue The Intelligence's debut album, Boredom And Terror. Originally released on Narnack/Omnibus records in 2004, Boredom And Terror is the first time Lars Finberg stepped out from behind the A-Frames' drum kit to showcase his own music. Later releases by the Intelligence were fleshed out with additional musicians but on this debut album Lars was an army of one armed with an 8 track recorder and a notebook full of songs. The results are as original as they are incredible. This is lo-fi post punk electro garage-core that is equal parts Devo, The Fall and something altogether it's own...

Boredom and Terror / Let's Toil contains 24 tracks (46 min, 03 sec) of lo-fi punk at its finest. Obviously if you're not a fan of the genre then you're going to hate the muffled warblings and 'shouty' lyrics.

For fans of the original album, not to mention the scene, this will provide a welcome trip down memory lane - even if it may have aged a little more than you'd have hoped. There are tracks that still stand up well ('The New Kings and Queens of Musical History'; 'Guys') but there are far more tracks that sound like musical curiosities when listened to now ('The Universe'; 'Weekends In Jail').

Fans of the band will lap this up, but everyone else will be left scratching their heads as to what the fuss is all about.


Nick Smithson

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