Axes (album)

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Studio album by Electrelane
Released May 9, 2005 (2005-05-09)
Recorded December 2004-January 2005 in Chicago, Illinois
Genre Rock, post-rock
Length 59:16
Label Too Pure
Electrelane chronology
The Power Out
No Shouts, No Calls
Singles from Axes
  1. "Bells"
    Released: April 18, 2005
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
Austin Chronicle 3/5 stars[2]
Blender 3/5 stars[3]
Calgary Sun 3/5 stars[4]
New York Times favorable[5]
PopMatters (7/10)[6]
Pitchfork Media (7.3/10)[7]
Stylus Magazine B[8]
Tiny Mix Tapes 4/5 stars[9]

Axes is the third album by English rock group Electrelane.

For the mostly instrumental album, Electrelane once again returned to Steve Albini's studio in Chicago. In the first recording session for Axes, the band played through the entire album in one take.[10] This reflected the band's desire to have listeners of the album experience the band's live show. Emma Gaze explained the album was recorded "the way we rehearse and practise: we all stand in a circle and it is very relaxed. Our previous recording experiences have been with the bass in one room, the drums in a different room, the two guitarists in a different room and then the vocals are done afterwards. Obviously it works like that because that is how most bands do it. But we just wanted it to sound more live; there is a different kind of energy that comes from playing in the same room."[11] Verity Susman said that "We see the record as a continuous piece of music, not a collection of songs. It also reflects the way we improvise, moving from one idea to the next without a clear break. It’s also how we play live."[10] The album was released on 9 May 2005 to mixed, but generally positive reviews.

The track "Atom's Tomb" appears on the soundtrack to Guy Ritchie's film Revolver, and was also sampled for use in Jeremy Clarkson's review of the Mercedes-Benz CLK-AMG Black Series on the television show Top Gear.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Electrelane and Verity Susman, except where noted.

  1. "One, Two, Three, Lots" – 1:44
  2. "Bells" – 4:38
  3. "Two for Joy" – 5:58
  4. "If Not Now, When?" – 5:47
  5. "Eight Steps" – 5:01
  6. "Gone Darker" – 7:05
  7. "Atom's Tomb" – 2:08
  8. "Business or Otherwise" – 5:47
  9. "Those Pockets Are People" – 5:02
  10. "The Partisan" (Anna Marly, Hy Zaret) – 2:32
  11. "I Keep Losing Heart" – 3:41
  12. "Come Back" – 0:07
  13. "Suitcase" (Electrelane, Ros Murray) – 9:46


Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Format Catalog
United Kingdom May 9, 2005 (2005-05-09) Too Pure CD PURE 162CD
Double LP PURE 162LP
United States May 9, 2005 (2005-05-09) Too Pure, Beggars Banquet CD PURE 162


  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Austin Chronicle review
  3. ^ Blender review
  4. ^ Calgary Sun review
  5. ^ New York Times review
  6. ^ PopMatters review
  7. ^ Pitchfork Media review Archived August 10, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  8. ^ Stylus Magazine review Archived July 19, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  9. ^ Tiny Mix Tapes review Archived January 3, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  10. ^ a b "Electrelane - Biography". Too Pure. 2005. Archived from the original on July 11, 2007. Retrieved 2008-02-07. 
  11. ^ "Electrelane". Broken Spring Review. Archived from the original on 2007-03-03. Retrieved 2006-04-06.