By Design and Default

from by Full Crumb

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    "With Maelstrom Protocol’s subtly malevolent admix of DIY ditties, Full Crumb insinuate themselves into Fall Break Records’ growing roster. Inveterate stalwarts of the English indie underworld’s dimmer recesses, the band’s emergence on the Athens GA based label represents a typically spurious development – and one that speaks to the band's willingness for spreading rapture and disquiet wherever they can.

    Maelstrom Protocol is the band’s sixth album and traverses lo-fi post-punk, kraut-psych, and experimental pop, opening with the irrepressible beat-box driven “Vanity Case” before promptly collapsing in a heap at the gates of the sleepy “Cactus Factory”. The pace then picks up with a purposeful, proto-kraut shite-gaze number, “By Default and Design” – spiced liberally with infusions of shortwave radio and swirling phase guitar. Other highlights include the spastic bombastic “Chrome Bisons”, the sickened syncopation of “Instructions From a Severed Head”, and the surly, perverse ethereality of closing marathon groove workout, “Free Fall Viaduct”.

    Maelstrom Protocol will be released on December 9th 2014 as a short run of cassettes in numbered editions with hand-rendered artwork for each copy. Given Full Crumb’s continual and self-confessedly misplaced loyalty to multi-tracking their songs on Tascam tape recorders, this choice of format has nothing to do with a hipsterish embrace of the cute mummified technology of yesteryear and everything to do with the band’s intransigent Luddite mindset. Which is more damning? You the listener must decide."

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Travel alone and leave subtle clues
No-one will ever catch up with you
Don’t look to me ‘cos I’m running too
By default or design
I couldn’t say
That distinction means less and less today
That distinction means much less every day


from Maelstrom Protocol, released December 9, 2014


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