In their early days, Dutch five-piece Iguana Death Cult played a sort of psychedelic garage punk (I saw them opening for King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard at the time, which totally made sense), in their newer work you can also hear influences from post-punk, krautrock, new wave, soul, and even disco. Still exuberant, convincing and tightly played, with the pleasantly nonchalant appearance that makes you feel that and they really enjoy what they’re doing, that it takes them little effort to create great music, and that they haven’t reached the top of their game yet, but somewhat more intelligent and exciting. Just listen to their new single. A-side Artificial Afterlife examines the possibility of assuring life after death by the means of technology. The standout B-side Future Monuments deals with the question who the heroes of our future will be and how fast their statues will get torn down again, written out of concerns about the self-proclaimed messiahs convincingly spreading misinformation to create unrest and discord – with an addictive rhythm, earworm lyrics, and an entertaining video shot in their hometown of Rotterdam. Monumental.
Future Monuments is out now digitally through Innovative Leisure and on 7″ vinyl via Spazz Records.
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