Album, Single and EP Reviews


  Nothing in the Sky by PNDC & Housework

Nothing in the Sky cover art

Artist: PNDC & Housework
Title: Nothing in the Sky
Catalogue Number: No catalogue number
Review Format: CD
Release Year: 2012

The CD starts well with a dreamy Steve Hillage like guitar soundscape which builds throughout its length with a peppering of textures and spoken samples. However, a sense of doom starts almost as soon as the opening bars of Go Quiet’s lumbering bass. THEN the vocals start&

The vocals throughout the CD sound like the bastard offspring of Leonard Cohen, Jello Biafra and Michael Moorcock (on New World's Fair); Housework takes the worst elements of each and combines them into a tuneless, breathy mess. I've not heard a voice sound so strangled or out of tune since Pierce Brosnan in Mama Mia. These things struck me before the words have sunk in, and then I listened to the words. Lyrics such as "The sky's pouring down the middle class, gray clouds above full of mom and dad" insult the ears, and believe me that is only one example of many. This is the worst self-involved nonsense I've heard since I was unfortunate enough to review the ‘At the End of Summer’ CD. Having English as a second language is no excuse for this pretentious drivel.

It’s a real shame that PNDC’s music has been shackled with such a poor choice of collaborator, as it could really shine out in other circumstances. There is nowhere this is better demonstrated than on the final track “Gentlemen” (yes, I listened to all of it – several times), a solid, rocking track with a cool guitar solo, spoilt by yet another pointless vocal. 

It’s not even worth making a joke about not liking housework&

Available from Bandcamp.

Review Date: July 10, 2012