It’s literally been years since I wrote my first blog post about Factory Floor, finally tomorrow sees the release of their debut full length album. I’d love to say Factory Floor burst onto the music scene and made a huge impact, but the truth is they started much like My Bloody Valentine with a line-up that didn’t quite work.
In June 2009 Factory Floor took to the road for a string of dates with The Horrors who had recently reinvented themselves with the their excellent 2nd album ‘Primary Colours’. At the time Factory Floor were still experimenting with their sound and were closer to Sonic Youth or Joy Division than the band we have today. Within twelve months the band had evolved into the sound I described at the time as sounding like a collaboration between Lil’ Louis and Nico.
Without doubt I showed an extra interest in those early days as I’d followed Nikki’s career since her early Kait0 gigs. In the 90s I played in several Norwich bands and remember sharing the bill with Kait0 for several of their early gigs down in the dark and long departed Fat Pauley’s. Many years later our paths crossed again when she guested on our Hungry Audio radio show as Kait0 were touring with Bloc Party at the time. I have to admire her energy as she must have been gigging almost solidly for nearly 15 years now whilst I struggle to even go and watch gigs these days.
Enough of the history lesson, it’s September 2013 and four and a half years since they finalised their line-up, the debut Factory Floor album is now finally available. Clocking in at 54 minutes, it would be easy to be cynical about the album after all the waiting, lets face it two of the tracks have been singles before and another three of the tracks are only about a minute in length, giving us a total of five new full-length tracks to enjoy. The album also features their last single ‘Fall Back’ which is possibly the bands weakest single.
Taking a step back and listening to the album as a whole, it does however sound amazing. I remind myself that Screamadelica was essentially a singles compilation with a sprinkling of new tracks that again as an album really worked. Opening track ‘Turn It Up’ left me cold when I listened to it a month or so ago on its own, but as an album opener it builds like all good openers should.
‘Here Again’ follows and bears more than a passing resemblance to their label bosses old band. Mixed between the segueways and the singles is the live favourite ‘How You Say’ which follows in the same vein.
There seems to currently be a three horse race for best album of 2013 with Factory Floor sitting alongside Jon Hopkins ‘Immunity’ and Jagwar Ma’s ‘Howlin. Let’s not forget Daniel Avery’s forthcoming ‘Drone Logic’ album is out next month.