When Charles Addams created the Addams Family back in 1938, little did he realise that almost 75 years later his creations would inspire an entire album by a lo-fi indie-punk band from Glasgow. Naming each song after a member of the famous Gothic family is a fun concept which never feels tired or overworked, thanks to the record‘s surprisingly short 22 minute running time.
Opener Gomez is an insane burst of noisy joy. Crushing drums are kept at bay by the twin assault of guitar and bass, whose tuneful melodies are drenched by a flood of distortion and fuzz. All the while, the vocals - a heady mix of tuneful shouting and mournful wails - are buried deep within the mix, emerging when the time is right.
It’s a sonic formula that’s repeated throughout the whole album, but never does it feel less fun or fresh. The entire album is a treat to listen to, with the punky joy of Fester and Lurch contrasting nicely with the instrumental romp of non-Addams-named Dead Is A Trick.
If you’re looking for a short, sharp blast of grungy indie-punk that sounds like it may or may not have been recorded in your back bedroom, look no further than Battery Face for a record that may well become a treasured member of the family.
Addams Family Values is out now via Dirty Beard/Electropapknit.