Margot And The Nuclear So And So's
Rot Gut, Domestic
Mariel Recording Company 
Fire Note Says: With their loudest guitar work to date Margot's latest LP takes the band to a new level and feels just right!
Rot Gut, Domestic is the fourth full length from Margot And The Nuclear So And So's and it follows the more muscular guitar path started on 2010's Buzzard. This continued direction is immediate on the opening slow burner "Disease And Tobacco Free" that churns out a sonic repetitive guitar chord as singer/songwriter Richard Edwards floats his lyrics just above the hum.
This delivery is what creates the intensity on Rot Gut, Domestic because Edwards can match each songs pace perfectly with his world weary views and yet possesses such a laid back vibe to his voice that each song feels familiar right up to the end. Of course the guitar on Rot Gut, Domestic gives the tracks teeth and more than any other album in the band's catalog its use here is the main focus and seems like Margot's purpose.
This record should please longtime fans because this progression continues to feel natural and their earlier chamber pop beginnings still exist here at the song's core. Album highlight "Coonskin Cap" actually takes a break from the power guitar work and lets Edwards slide back into a more modest role as the song sways back n forth during its chorus that hits a spectacular peak near its conclusion. There is also the quiet piano driven closer "Christ" that reminds you of where the band has been before and in no way have they forgotten their roots.
On other songs like the big rocker "Arvydas Sabonis", Margot showcases a complete different side to their setup as it represents one of their loudest tracks to date while the first single "Prozac Rock" is another foot tapper that will have you chiming in on the hook immediately. This instant catchiness is an element that is newer for Margot as previous albums were more growers than Rot Gut, Domestic. The album still does take several listens to really absorb but Margot And The Nuclear So And So's have secured their niche here and after just one spin you will be reaching for the repeat button quicker than ever!
Key Tracks: "Arvydas Sabonis", "Coonskin Cap", "Prozac Rock"
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Margot And The Nuclear So And So's: Buzzard [Fire Note Review 9/21/10]
Margot And The Nuclear So And So's: Not Animal / Animal! [Fire Note Review 10/14/08]
Margot And The Nuclear So And So's: The Daytrotter Sessions [EP] [Fire Drills Review 9/10/08]
Margot And The Nuclear So And So's: The Dust Of Retreat [Fire Note Review 8/8/06]
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-Reviewed by Christopher Anthony