Their new album, and first for Constellation, is a knockout. Bursting with barely controlled chaos on some numbers, stripped back to sultry, art-damaged loversoul on others, Ampgrave is a hell of a good time, full of testifying and tenderness, see-sawing between massed instruments and the raw minimalism of the core rhythm section. Justin rounds up fellow Do Make Say Think players Ohad, Brian and Jason on horns and hollering, along with Shelton Deverell on organ and Julie Penner on violin. An additional 10-voice \"Chorus Oblivia\" of exuberant caterwaul also rallies to the cause.
Opening track \"Unite!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!\" explodes into a beautiful cacophony of horn vamps, crashing through ascending chord crescendos while screamo vocals punctuate the flight. \"All I Can Give Ya\" builds from a delicate exchange of devotional verses by Justin and Kat, towards a soaring, searing chorus. \"Hold On\" follows with another round of call and response vocals laid over a slow, pummeling soul groove, before bursting into it\'s distressed, desperate refrain. \"Y\'Make Me Shake\" is entirely self-explanatory, and rounds out Side One. Our lovers continue to rock on the flipside, with the album\'s centerpiece lullabye \"Come Out, Come Out\" kicking things off. Three mighty tunes pile up from there, gaining crazed momentum until the final swirl of \"Bulldozer of Love\" segues into the four-on-the-floor anthematics of \"Ass Worship\". Hail! Hail! Rock n\' roll. Ampgrave is blistering and beautiful CPR for the soul. Constellation is thrilled to serve up this platter of unabashed, unpretentious rock action.