Tuesday, March 13, 2018

The Turin Horse - The Turin Horse

Label: Hell Comes Home
Year: 2018

Three songs, (two originals, one cover) recorded in Turin (saw that coming) by two guys, two years ago in 2016, finally seeing the light of day two months ago in 2018.
Maybe you already heard the aforementioned cover song on the Unsane tribute album, "Scattered, Covered, and Smothered" that came out last year? I did not. But generally I expect more from you, than you should expect from me. Aim low.
So what do these Italian Stallions (I mean, come on...you had to of known I was winding up on that) bring to the table?
Great question, glad you asked.
Were you ever a fan of the band Volt? Cause there's a lot of that band's overdriven manic muscle in Turin Horse. And have you listened to KEN Mode lately? Cause there's some of that band's bludgeoning scatter shot of bombardment. I would also like to inquire if you own any records by Great Falls? Cause that band's gut churning avalanche-rock can be heard in Turin Horse.

Only three songs, but hear me know and believe me later, the final track 'The Light That Failed' is all you need to listen to today (and possibly tomorrow...I don't know if you have any meetings scheduled or not, but I'll let you decide if your conference call is prepared for Turin Horse). Highly, highly recommended.


Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Faking - Keystone Noise Series #1

Year: 2014
Label: Reptilian

Another scathing, overloaded, ass whipping of a 7". Not too far off what The Cloth were doing, but a little bit nastier and a little bit more beholden to some ghosts of Amphetamine Reptile past. Only two songs, but good lord, they pack a lot of vein popping vitriol in a brief seven and half minutes. The proverbial "all killer, no filler" approach to making music.
Essential listening. For real.


The Cloth - Keystone Noise Series #2

Year: 2013
Label: Reptilian

File under: No Mercy
The Cloth deliver these five songs with a sort of reckless, "fuck it" approach that leaves lots of blood and entrails on the battle axe they level their audience with. Messy and haphazard in the sense that these songs couldn't be polished even if they wanted them to be. They are too frantic and/or lumbering to be bothered with perfection. The point is obvious, and it's "get in the car or eat shit". Blown out and exhilarating.


Psychic Teens - Keystone Noise Series #3

Year: 2014
Label: Reptilian

Fuck it, right, let's go ahead and do 'em all.
Psychic Teens pull from the swampy gothic punk stomp that Rikk Agnew was so good at for a minute in Christian Death. It's got Gun Club, and T.S.O.L., and Birthday Party, and some good old fashioned punk power. Not unlike contemporaries Vincas or Wailin' Storms.
One song comes out of the crypt straight for your throat, and the second song slowly returns back to the fog from whence it came.


Fight Amp - Keystone Noise Series #4

Year: 2015
Label: Reptilian

Two quick jams, and unfortunately some of the last quick jams that Fight Amp imparted onto the lucky listeners of the world. Fight Amp was a great band who operated on the burlier end of the noise rock spectrum, combining sludgy aggression with some post hardcore grunge rocking and rolling. At a high volume and with scant few concerns about your well being.
If you're still smarting from Fight Amp's break-up, you should absolutely be getting weird with Plaque Marks, which has two members of the band. And are righteous in their own right.
If you're curious who numbers 1 through 3 are of the Keystone Noise Series, they are, in order, Faking (Philadelphia), The Cloth (also Philadelphia), and Psychic Teens (take a guess).

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