Somewhere up North (Thurso to be exact) there must have been a conversation that started “How do we follow up on Gag Reflex?”. We can imagine that the question caused a few chuckles.
Gag Reflex was the debut from Cactus&Cardigan the three piece featuring Peter Bacon, Marc Sutherland and Jack Macphee. “I’d be lying if I said that the lyrics were sculpted in anyway”, Peter comments when describing the process of constructing the songs, adding “anyone listening to the EP (Gag Reflex) may not find this a surprise!!”
The band take influence from Reuben, System Of A Down and Everytime I Die,“We make music we like and enjoy playing. if other people enjoy it as well it’s a bonus” Peter adds “but not compulsory.”
The debut is certainly to behold with tracks that could not be described as subtle, titles such as “Smegma” and the truly beautiful “George Michael Cums Cobwebs”. Our favourite “Wank Sock”, which boasts a lounge version which really does work, did not make it the the EP.
The follow up EP is entitled “Highland Bastard” and is due for release on May the 26th. The EP features 6 tracks, with track “80/20” now available (see below).
The band will never be mainstream (as our reviewer noted, “[We are]Fairly convinced it will get limited airplay on Radio 1 but Cactus & Cardigan are genius”) but if you can get through the song titles and the “interesting” lyrics then you may be surprised.
Full review on it’s way…..