James Arthur's Manhunt

Digital Clubbing (12XU)

Texas Platters

Guitarist James Arthur kicked axe for the Golden Boys, Fireworks, Necessary Evils, and more, but his own Manhunt stokes hottest. Wisely burying his gravelly wail amidst the six-string blasts and amplifier abuse, Arthur vomits out a version of space rock that snuffs out the stars instead of celebrating them. Like a low-budget Helios Creed after mistaking speed for acid, "Blackbird" and "Come Down" race desperately down the cosmic highway, phasers on stun; "Kill Zone" pulls back the tempo but not the level of insanity. The bottleneck biker grunge of "Chain" and sonic overload of "Wired" hide melodies most punters could sing along with, and the near-ballad "Hanging Tree" reveals an actual heart beating beneath the sonic sludge. "Blowout" and "Butcher" bookend the set with instrumentals that put Ennio Morricone somewhere in the Crab Nebula. Hinging on Arthur's filthy guitar tone and go-for-broke attitude, Digital Clubbing takes off on a rocket built in the garage and blasted through the roof.


A note to readers: Bold and uncensored, The Austin Chronicle has been Austin’s independent news source for over 40 years, expressing the community’s political and environmental concerns and supporting its active cultural scene. Now more than ever, we need your support to continue supplying Austin with independent, free press. If real news is important to you, please consider making a donation of $5, $10 or whatever you can afford, to help keep our journalism on stands.

Support the Chronicle  

More James Arthur's Manhunt
Let the Music
Let the Music
OBN IIIs punk namesake Orville Bateman Neeley III reveals his inner Thin Lizzy

Tim Stegall, Sept. 18, 2015

More Music Reviews
Texas Platters
... And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead
X: The Godless Void and Other Stories (Record Review)

Alejandra Ramirez, Feb. 21, 2020

Texas Platters
Daniel Johnston
Chicago 2017 (Record Review)

Raoul Hernandez, Feb. 21, 2020

More by Michael Toland
Review: Blushing
Review: Blushing
Tether/Weak (Kanine)

Feb. 3, 2023

Crucial Concerts for the Coming Week
Crucial Concerts for the Coming Week
Eddie Taylor's 100th birthday, Dry Cleaning, and Terry Allen highlight our recommended shows

Jan. 27, 2023


James Arthur's Manhunt

One click gets you all the newsletters listed below

Breaking news, arts coverage, and daily events

Can't keep up with happenings around town? We can help.

Austin's queerest news and events

Eric Goodman's Austin FC column, other soccer news

Behind the scenes at The Austin Chronicle

Information is power. Support the free press, so we can support Austin.   Support the Chronicle