(GB Sound)

MARK: 88/100

With their full-length debut Mallory Switch confirm the value of their Rock and Electronica mix expressed in the previous eponymous EP, entrusting Marco Trentacoste again with the recording and the mixing.

The attack on trash TV not promoting good music of "Business Television" kicks off after a short intro; it's basically a mid-tempo track with an insisting chorus and several ups and downs making it still interesting even after repeated listens.

"You Made My Shitlist" is dynamic and
masterfully balances the Rock parts with the Electro ones as well as the noises; excellent are the sounds used for both of the genres, never kitsch, poppy or random the electronic ones and the ones concerning echoes and effects, whereas the rhythmic section is really rocky. This song seems perfect for a single and radio passages/streams.
"Dirt" counts on a catchy refrain and seducing siren-like vocals, making me think of a harder version of Garbage; I'm convinced the English audience will be raving about that as I am. I just can't stop listening to that, it's impossible to get tired of that and erase from my brain. The 3-piece has composed a song harder to wash away than a cum stain on a sheet!
At the top of my own ranking, "The Last Man on Earth", featuring Antipop Consortium's NY rapper Beans; a true hymn to independence till death, autarchic defence of one's physical, mental and spiritual integrity, with a fantastic vocal duet. I know many have already done this before, but maybe it's because the guest sings not only in the refrain or because it's such a successful experiment that the track turns out to be so irresistible.
Audrey's charming voice along with the depressive and numb Marylin Mansonian initial step of "No Evil" soon make way to a scratching Punk refrain deign of the Hole or L7; suffused and atmospherical, the final part recurs to guitar reverbers and a hypnotic drumwork to conclude the 6-minute composition.
Cybernetic statement of rebellion against a society based on lies, stimulus control, brain-washing and occult psychology mechanisms on masses, "Brand New World" reveals itself danceable, reuniting Therapy?, Filter and Manic Street Preachers under the same roof, yet with much more Rock.
Ideal to prepare the right mood in a room or car, "Flow" avails itself of metallic echoes, crawling sounds, softened guitars and pulses, soon to burst by the distorted part suitable to petting (or a coitus if you come down to brass tacks).
Hammering and tight, "Evolution Machine" is the heaviest song ever composed by the Italian trio. The pulsating and lively drumming doesn't cover the guitar strokes of the brush and the samples, and not the vocals either, pelting tech abuse.
Rich with Trip hop beats and supplementary male backing vocals, "Mumbling My Time" becomes Rock, impudent and vexed; the vocals persistantly float, while the samples enrich the Rock ground surmounted by fast bass lines.
"Mother Earth" is another gigantic result of high-grade arrangements touching the highlight during the theatrical refrain and evocative parts; absolutely lovely are the lyrics regarding the Earth's force that has and shall have its revenge everytime it is smeared, exploited and abused beyond its limits by scrupleless people.
There's also room for a hidden track, up to the yes in electromechanical noises, superheavy drums and distorted bass, which would remind of some Doom/Sludge bands if there weren't any vocals.

The band have opted for a modern, powerful and professional recording, probably the best to this style in Italy, and it seems they also worked hard to find the right visual attachment, sharpening the dualistic concept of good vs. evil in the rotating layout and in the choice of white and black with the exception of the singer's colours; moreover, it is advised to check out their 4th promo video, related to "Evolution Machine", a clip featuring freestyle motorbike champion Alvaro Dal Farra (Daboot Team).
Notwithstanding a reduction in the band members' number, the music the combo is able to create seems able to work fine in the studio, thanks to the eclectic samples capacity, which works as good as a second guitar. With some improvements in the English language, the three musicians own the talent to conquer even the hard and mistrusting US fans. Go on like this, you're on the right path!


Line-up on this record:
Audrey 'Otti' Lynch, v., g.
Kid 'Ciuski' Lynch, d., samples
Zach 'Feel' Maier, b., synth, piano

Mallory Management, Barbara Giovinazzo - Italy
Official sites:

-Mallory Switch (Mini-CD - 2007)
-Mallory (CD - 2010)