Black Mirror – AnyMinuteNo (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Sitting somewhere between straight out punk and the alt-rock music’s darker recesses, Black Mirror is not only lyrically a timely arrival it is also exactly what you need to blow away the cobwebs that have gathered where the live gigging experience used to sit. Okay, you won’t be able to get out and watch the band any time soon (boo) but you can dance like a loon around the living room to its joyous racket. (Hurrah!) And that will have to do for now. What I’m trying to say is that AnyMinuteNo delivers a sound which both kicks arse and cuts the mustard. And then some.

It builds a sense of paranoia both from its razor-wire riffs and relentless backbeat, a free-wheeling and wandering bassline and the poignant and powerful lyrics. Tapping into the modern addiction to anything which is beamed down into our mobile phones, like a missive from a new, technical, supreme being, it reflects the ideas of fake news and false realities, propaganda and improper presidents. Black Mirror chimes darkly with these times and has a wonderful whiff of Killing Joke’s singular sound about it…which can only be a good thing. Right?

If you need something to look forward to as you find yourself craving social contact, creative outlets and, in particular, live gigs starting up again, then the thought of seeing AnyMinuteNo firing off sonic salvos such as Black Mirror, upfront and in your face, should tide you over for a while. 

(Wouldn’t it be ironic if you are reading this on your phone right now!)

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