Tuesday, July 14, 2015
UT - Noise Deadening Barrier
Label: self released
Straight from our Italian correspondent, Aaron Giazzon (yeah, I bet you didn't know we had an international bureau did you? Well, we do!), comes UT (not to be confused with the old NYC band of the same name) from Genoa, who you would swear were from DeKalb, Illinois or something. Total Midwestern noise rock a la Shellac, US Maple, Tar, Janitor Joe, Big'N and Colossamite.
It pushes and pulls the way you want it to. Lots of wiry guitars picking and strumming over those rock solid bass rhythms that open into big, swinging grooves, and close back down on themselves into crunching chugs. You know what I mean.
There are bits and pieces that stand out to make this record more than just a throwback, UT manages to hide some legit melodies into the songs, complete with, dare I say, tasteful leads as well as some gut-punching twists and turns. Yes, it sounds like something you think you've heard before, but it's something really good that you think you heard before, and that's a good thing.