Wasteland: What Ails Our People Is Clear

LICE - Wasteland: What Ails Our People Is Clear
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Based on 11 reviews
2021 Ratings: #198 / 513
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Based on 202 ratings
2021 Ratings: #504
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This is without a doubt a fantastic record: LICE have pulled off something that is so wonderfully boundary-pushing and intriguingly avant garde.


There’s a Royal Trux-esque chaos to the album, always teetering close to the edge, that creates a nerve-recking feeling of unpredictability.


A collection of biting, esoteric hymns that readily combine the earthly and the cosmic.


It’s a mad, intoxicated voyage powered by unending, unnerving energy; it’s deranged in the most beautiful way. If punk is a loud, bolshy break from the norm, this is punk.

Beats Per Minute

There’s enough going on across the 43-minute running time of WASTELAND that the listener shouldn’t go into it expecting to have grasped the whole thing on the first pass; perseverance is greatly rewarded.

Loud and Quiet

This album demonstrates that they have learned valuable lessons from their impressive predecessors.

God Is in the TV

It isn’t necessarily an easy listen. Sections are abrasive and even Avant-Garde, with shades of Black Midi, but underneath it all, you can feel the element of a quest, a purpose, and a journey, for themselves as much as humanity.


'Wasteland' has all the disturbing atmosphere of a David Lynch film, appealing to a morbid curiosity in us that longs to sample the grottiest, grimiest sounds that music has to offer while still being undeniably impressive.

Wasteland sounds like a bunch of apocalyptic nightmares that are forgotten the second i wake up and never come back to my mind ever again.

LICE's experimental post-punk studio debut is an interesting body of work that aims high for a esoteric, wasteland-ish and cosmic vibe that ultimately falls short due to a few factors that hold it down from actually being good.

The moment i started my listen i was quite impressed with the first 2 tracks, quickly making myself think that it might actually ... read more


I don't think this record is bad. However, in a year where British post-punk is this strong, you have to be one of the greats to stand out. This album gets kinda redundant at times compared to albums like Squid or Shame or BCNR who all put out spectacular post-punk releases.This album is dark and has great instrumentals at times like on Conveyor, Impostor and R.D.C. But it just feels like it got lost in the pool of great post-punk this year.
IMPORTANT PLEASE READ: I originally wrote this review January 14th but accidentally hit delete review instead of delete rating when trying to change my rating and write an edit. I guess I'm still trying to work this website out lmao. Anyway, this was meant to be the edit:

I'll be honest, when I listened to this the first 5 times then wrote my review, I didn't get that much out of the album lyrically and conceptually. Not that I didn't want to, I just couldn't find any form of lyrics online ... read more
Mixing isn't great and it's pretty boring, but it's ok.
It would be easy to shrug Wasteland off as just another post post-punk album, but I consider it the end of a promising start from a band who could go far. The originality may not be there, but when a debut album grabs your attention from the start and provides some memorable songs here and there, the only thing that matters in the end is flair. Lice has their own flair, and you can notice it here on Wasteland.
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Added on: December 15, 2020