Long-time-coming (four years!) second album from Diat, and, we're told, the penultimate ever release from BEB. The demand for this puppy (Iron Lung, who did the US release, are already onto their second pressing) speaks for itself eh: the German/Aussie band’s debut, Positive Energy, a belter for the ages, channelled no small amount of rage and disaffection into songs of pure disarming chest-bursting JOY, speaking to punks first and foremost but with enough going on to trickle down to a much wider audience.
Fairly sure they were taking the piss when they once described their music as "tough new wave" - but it's stuck, cos it's spot-on. They deliver the bleak outlook and angular hooks of post-punk, but ditch the implied space and minimalism in favour of a huge, head-crushing wall of sound, and some of the belligerent, bonehead swagger of, I dunno, Coitus Inc. Positive Disintegration is a more fractious, bruised, MOROSE record than its predecessor (clue's in the title!) - youthful brio replaced with uncertainty and ennui and a mounting wariness towards the no-sleep-til-Dienstag Berlin vampires who once seemed so enviably free and glamorous, dahlink. Lyrically, they make a subject, and for the most part a virtue, of that uncertainty - most vividly on ‘Missed The Bus’, an all too relatable elegy for the whole terrible aggregate of wasted/thwarted opportunities we call LIFE (it's also the gentlest song they've ever recorded, its schweet soft ache enhanced no end by backing vocals from Fran of the motherf***king CANNANES - returning the favour for Diat’s banging cover of the Oz legends’ ‘Blue Skies Over The Ocean’ on Positive Energy). Some experiments don't come off as well, but when they find their feet they’re a force of nature: see full-throttle rippers ‘Foreign Policy’ and ‘Only My Own’, both showcases for Tobi Lill and Josh 'Itchy Bugger' Neutron’s scream-to-a-sigh, Killing Joke-meets-Chameleons twin-guitar fireworks.