Opening track “Bagpussy” is primarily an instrumental piece, the vocals are minimal at best. It’s more of an intro as oppose to an actual album track, brimming with a classic middle-fingers up, punk attitude, before “Through The Announce Table” takes things down a peg or two. It’s darker and heavier, with vocalist Simon Gibbins giving 110% behind every lyric screamed, in places sounding like Frank Carter era GALLOWS.
The brilliantly titled “I Don’t Dig Chicks (I Dig Graves)” is another short dose of vicious punk rock, followed by first single “I’m Not A Buddhist (I’m Just Weak)”, which, after a calm, near silent start soon turns into this, snarling, rabid animal of a song.
“Penny Dreadful” is probably as accessible as MARY KELLY get, a great rhythm to this one, guitarists Matt Spencer and Breeze have a real feel for the genre, with bassist Sean Gisby and drummer Martin Sylvester holding everything together nicely. The drums being all the more prominent in “Stained Glass Weirdo”, very much at the forefront here, before “Treadwell Timothy” ends proceedings. At over ten minutes long, it becomes apparent that there’s a hidden track in the mix somewhere, revealing itself at around the six minute mark, but it’s generally recorded spoken word poetry and noise.
Mary Kelly are an acquired taste, it’s far from easy listening, but having cited lyrical influences that primarily come from subjects such as Jack The Ripper, (even their name is one of the Rippers’ victims) it’s hardly surprising. “Modus Operandi” is a fine full length debut, and fans of alternative heavy music should give this a chance. [6.5]
Download: "I Don't Dig Chicks..." and "Penny Dreadful"
Visit http://www.marykellyband.com/ for links to purchase the album via Amazon and iTunes.