October 29, 2014 Head of Music

Album Review: The Destructors – 131313 Malachance

Are you a friggatriskaidekaphobic?

Punk is not dead, purchase folks! Nor are the Destructors. Never heard of them before? Maybe you are too young. Here are the essentials… They are a punk rock band from the 70s, from Peterborough and still active in producing intense punk rock songs.

131313 Malachance is their latest album, released earlier this year. It’s quite a mysterious album particularly if you look at it from the outside: hand-sketched quirky drawings in a comic book style, title in small font at the top, but no clear mention of the band’s name. You will have to open the CD case to actually have a clue of who are we talking about, and you will discover a whole world.

Black and white doodles of skulls, bones, black screaming monsters, fortune tellers, dead people and war. You name it, there it will be. The entire album has this gloomy and scary allure, perfect for the upcoming Halloween festivities this weekend. You might want to consider it as the perfect music for your parties.

Everything revolves around bad luck and superstition, emphasised by a few key elements like the repetition of the number 13 in the title, the word Malachance (which is French for bad luck) and the fact that there are 13 songs. It all adds up to a veeery dangerous album.

“Listen to them 3 or 13 times then just like Bloody Mary, the Destructors will come and make your life a misery. […] Go on I dare you…131313 131313 131313…”

Quite funny these guys, aren’t they?

Whether you feel brave enough to buy the CD and put it on, then you will discover that punk music is not only about noise, screams, and swearing against the system. Surprisingly enough I found myself actually enjoying the music while studying… and normally I am not a massive fan of this genre.

Two unexpected gems come from their covers of famous songs. One is “Elenor Rigby” by that evergreen British band that nobody knows, the Beatles, and the other is “Lithium” by Nirvana. Both do justice to their respective original versions.

As for the other songs, do not be judgemental. Press play with an open mind. You’ll be as surprised as me. If you pay attention to the lyrics, which are quite dark and deep, but still realistic. It seems they are truly following a theme and telling a story to their listeners.

In the end, despite the ominous feeling around this CD, I am still alive writing about it, so to all of you who are into this genre who are perhaps put off by the bad luck theme (because your karma is already quite bad and does not need to get worse), this might actually be your cure!

Two negatives make a positive.

Sara Antonacci

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