Tuesday, October 14, 2014

The National Acrobat - This Is Radio Acrobat

Label: Bootleg
Year: 2000

Misnomer alert: this is not actually a radio broadcast, it's a live show recording. A live recording of a hardcore band in what was most likely a house show or the sonic equivalent, mind you. I think in Cleveland.
So, if you were or are a fan of the oft-dubbed "noisecore" strain of hardcore, then this one is ripe for the pickings. If you're unsure of what it is I speak, then you undoubtedly will cock your head to the side and glaze over when I explain that "noisecore" was the result of Converge taking notice to Deadguy saying "we should sound more like Today Is The Day", and thus spawning a wave of bands who (to varying degrees of success) married noise rock, hardcore, and metal with a usually smarmy frontman, and a penchant for apoco-revolutionary rhetoric. Think: Burn It Down, Time In Malta, (old) Dillinger Escape Plan, Botch, Anodyne, Drowningman...and such. It came and went.
The National Acrobat was notable for some pretty grating, off-kilter attack that leaned more in the direction of the on-coming San Diego sound while keeping a foot firmly planted in the contemporary Washington D.C. sound. Which, if you know what I'm talking about, then you're stoked, if not...you're wondering why someone could give such a shit about such shits.
Members of: Black Cross, Young Widows, Tusk, By The Grace Of God, Enkindel, Breather Resist, Black Widows, Automatic, Coliseum, Black God, Christiansen, Lords, Metroschifter, Standard Issue, Whips/Chains, The Slow Suicide, Irina, Bad Secrets...phew...did I leave anyone out?
The songs are:
1. Of Jeffersonian Thought
2. The Prophecy Of Old Sage
3. Vulture
4. Confederate Movie Stars
5. Eyes The Size Of Organs
6.  Don't Forget To Write
7. Damn Asplundh
8. Riffs Get Cheaper


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