Music | Review | Sextile – A Thousand Hands

11336830_565949516879209_5571418017325731349_oReleased – 21st August 2015

By Kieran Webber

From the very beginning this album is uneasy and uncomfortable yet very enticing, the first track ‘A Thousand Hands’ which is also the album title, is inspired by a form of spirit channeling that Wuebben was experimenting with one night. Whilst doing open eye meditation he felt thousands of hands reaching down towards him – a vision that was both frightening & exhilarating The experience left such an impression on the band, it became the first track on the album as well the album title.

This tone is set right through the album their experience has become our listening pleasure, as the album continues as does the pace and excitement building slowly through ‘Flesh’  and then bursting with an explosion of drums and psyched out guitar with ‘I can’t take it’ which is arguably the strongest track on the album, with hints of The Cramps and early The Horrors flowing through viciously, followed by the gothic surf punk all out madness of a song ‘Smoke In The Eye’ 

Do not mistake Sextile for being just another LO-FI DIY punk band their use of synths and electronic instruments through ‘Romance’ and ‘Mind’s Eye’  show just how capable and talented they are as a band, this continues through to the song ‘Shattered Youth’ which is a track that could of easily found itself on a Pink Floyd album.

There is a good reason the band name is astronomically named as their music is far out and a true spaced out, psychedelic trip to the nether regions of the universe albeit a very pleasurable yet dark adventure.