Recently I spent a week's holiday in Wales.
I survived (obviously).
Strangely enough, I got sunburnt.
Anyway, Mclusky is a post-punk band from Cardiff in Wales (and not Canada, as some culturally-challenged Americans seem to think) . Stylistically, I tend to think of them as like the Pixies, if the Pixies played hardcore. There's lots of loud/soft dynamics, frantic drumming and even more frantic vocals, as well as some pretty abstruse song titles.
Mclusky Do Dallas is the band's second, and middle, album - they broke up in 2005 - and was recorded by Steve Albini. Basically, it's heavy, aggressive, sonically unrelenting yet entertaining stuff. Right from the hyperactive opener 'Lightsabre Cocksucker Blues' this record is a thrilling, visceral experience. Mclusky know exactly how to combine noise and melody within the sheer energy of punk - not to mention a seriously demented taste in lyrics.
Example; "All your friends are cunts, and your mother is a ballpoint pen thief" ('Gareth Brown Says') - a surprisingly catchy line of spitting, nonsensical post-punk invective. To make a rather redundant comparison, if the Sex Pistols were snarling, snotty and revolutionary, Mclusky are sharper, louder and ultimately more unique - perhaps even more rebellious. With all their sarcastic affectations, expansive sound space, treacly layers of irony and immense larger-than-life vitality, Mclusky isn't so much another joke rock band as they are a deeply subversive punk group.
Finally, while their final album, The Only Difference Between Me And You Is That I'm Not On Fire, is technically superior, Mclusky Do Dallas was the album which made Mclusky famous, and in my opinion at least deserved to be considered their masterpiece. The single track, 'To Hell with Good Intentions,' was frequently on the radio when I was just getting into punk rock, and yet the entirely rebellious, discordant and sarcastic sound of this album still amazes me to this day.