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James Arthur was the guitarist and architect behind a bunch of the noisiest, nastiest garage bands of the last couple of decades: Fireworks, Necessary Evils, A Feast of Snakes, Golden Boys. He's been holed up in a shack in the wilds of Texas the last few years, slowly cataloguing on his four track the evil filth that excretes from his addled brain during long nights lost to the whiskey and mescal that fuelled them. The results were sifted through by the folks at Aarght!, who compiled this LP. You get half a dozen actual songs mixed up with a mess of instrumental chaos, stretching out some of the more baroque strains of his previous records. Cover art perfectly showcases the insanity within.
Termbo sez: ''Mostly (but not all) instrumental and dealing in arid tumbleweed lore and sci-fi rotgut seizures, Manhunt gives James a reason to get all schnockered up and expel his inner demons via 4-track. Just in time for Halloween, no less... A smashed southern R&B and garage sound in the same vein as his recent namesake singles or 68' Comeback...if they was NUTS. Messy and fun all around. Cover illustration is amazing....and sums up the feeling within pretty damn good. Headscratcher of 2009'' (RFS)
Goner sez: ''Fuzz, reverb, guitar overload from James Arthur. Manhunt was described in Australia as ''Psychedelic Vomit'' and we're not disagreeing. Suicide, International Harvester, Chrome, Davie Allan, Jeff Evans, Roy & The Devil's Motorcycle, and the ghost of 68 Comeback's Jack Taylor all live in this thing. It's dense. It's wild. It's great! Incredible post-Nick Blinko detailed cover drawing from Ooga Boogas' Per that will melt any synapses still firing.'