Future of the Left, ‘Travels With Myself and Another’ (4AD)
These Brits — featuring two members of Mclusky, a great band that died in 2005-spit fiery, trebly guitarrock venom with such lusty glee that following them to hell actually sounds inviting. Witness “Hope That House Built,” whose menacing chug and cheeky lyrics (“Reimagine God as just a mental illness”) simultaneously tickle and pierce. Virtually every minute of this album possesses a similar, economically managed anger, from the sinister, gateblasting opener “Arming Eritrea” to the Jesus Lizard-gonepop of “I Am Civil Service.” Evil sneers like these rarely hurt so good.
Listen: Future of the Left, “Arming Eritrea” (DOWNLOAD MP3)