Ashley Reaks - Power Failure

by metal postcard records

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And finally we arrive at ‘Jesus In The Manger’. It encapsulates everything that this album is. Dark, light, disjointed, melodic, contradictory, esoteric, musically ambitious, creative, moving, experimental, expertly crafted, obviously a labour of love, but above everything else it’s just a damn fine listen. Pure and simple.
It’s difficult to understand how an album that has so many different styles, sounds and attitudes hangs together so well as a single finished item. I imagine it’s got a little to do with hard work, talent, and dedication. Though in my humble opinion it’s because it’s got heart. A twisted, diseased heart. But heart none the less.

THIS IS NOT A SCENE

Context is everything. Ashley Reaks abandoned academia at an all boys public school after hearing the Ramones “Rocket to Russia” album and seeing Gee Vaucher’s artwork for Crass. After failing his art exam by tracing the cover of the first Ruts album, he embarked on a number of disparate projects including making music, collages and Dadaist poetry. His new album “Power Failure” is, in places, uneasy listening, but there is a sense that this is what it is trying to achieve. Ethereal passages of sound laced through with politics. So, context is everything. What Ashley Reaks has created is the product of his experiences and the sounds that have influenced his art. Not music made to a formula, but music created by life.

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released April 12, 2015

2015 Metal Postcard Records

Ashley Reaks - Vocals, Guitars, Bass, Keyboards


Maria Jardardottir – Vocalizations


Joe Hakim – Vocals on ‘Karma Bonfire’


Lucy Mizen – Vocals


Dave Kemp – Saxophones
Ian Peak – Saxophones


Nick Dunne – Guitar on ‘Bulldog Grace’


Dan Mizen – Drums on ‘The Glance Of Mercy’


All Songs Written by Ashley Reaks except ‘Karma Bonfire’
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Ashley Reaks - Words by Joe Hakim


Recorded by Dan Mizen at Active Audio Studios, Harrogate, UK - 2012/13


Original artwork by Ashley Reaks.

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