Ashley Reaks - If I Hadn't Become An Artist And A Musician I Would Have Been A Serial Killer Or Killed Myself

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released May 29, 2016

Ashley Reaks - Vocals and all other instrumentation
Maria Jardardottir - Vocals
Lucy Mizen - Vocals
Dave Kemp - Saxophones, Penny Whistle
Frank Mizen - Trombone on 'Smelly Bobby Tulip'
Nick Dunne - Guitar solo on 'Billy Goat Hill'

All songs written by Ashley Reaks

Recorded by Dan Mizen at Active Audio Studios in Harrogate 2015/2016

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With nine tracks, each one about a different serial killer Reaks (ironically) conjures up musical collages of electronica, jazz and scathing bass along a backdrop of post-punk and Afro-funk beats. Uneasy listening by his own admission, but the like of which you will rarely hear.


Often chaotic and high charged, Serial Killer is a must listen for anyone slightly bored with todays music scene. Album opener Mr Death Is Dead sets the scene perfectly and the lyrical gymnastics of Tweed Creeper are fascinating. Smelly Bobby Tulip fuses 70s disco sounds with some lovely reverb touches and the rolling percussion of Fur Coat Hunter ensures there is no let-up in this infectiously entertaining collection.

LOUDER THAN WAR

There’s no mistaking the fact Reaks is a complex character and an intriguing, multi-faceted artist, and as much as the album’s title caries an element of humour, it may equally carry more than a grain of autobiographical truth. Suffice it to say more troubled individuals of no artistic bent commit suicide than become murders. And Reaks’ interrogations of socio-political situations seems to be the primary motivation here. Curiosity, rather than glorification is what this is all about. And it’s a great album.

AURAL AGGRAVATION

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released July 13, 2016

2016 Ashley Reaks
2016 Metal Postcard

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