The guitar line proves the immediate guide, like a Real Estate song that grew up and out of its parents basement, or maybe a Wavves song that never got all the way to the beach, “Irene” tumbles forward with a laissez-faire inevitability. This group of 19-year-olds craft a sort of washed out punk: short songs that hit again and again with an intensity that never borders on the intentional.
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Listening to “Groping the Angel’s Face”, from Deformed Worship, due out this month on Blackest Ever Black, makes pinning them down to one style or another even more of challenge than the one presented by their name.
It was the mid ‘90s saturation of alternative rock bands that allowed this record and this band to really stand out. Poking their way into the lives of the few that understood their artistic vision, Failure had built their sound on mid-tempo hard rock, easily accommodating many metal fans along the way, instigated by their modest hit “Stuck on You”, but like most singles, all it did was bring you in. Just before the single’s appearance on the record, “Another Space Song” gripped right in as the absolutely wonderful textures, and ominous melody that have remained a part of my life.
Though just recently making waves with their Hygiene Records 7” A New Low, Raleigh, North Carolina powerviolence band Abuse. have not slowed up one bit. Shortly after that 7” was released, the band announced that they had finished work on an upcoming debut full-length on venerable grindcore, powerviolence and punk label To Live a Lie Records.
Let the summer anthems rule! New tunes by Holy Ghost! and Empire of the Sun pave the way for this latest playlist. Debut albums from the Olms, Palma Violets and Secret Colors are juxtaposed next to the latest from Divine Fits, Portugal. The Man. and Cold War Kids. During the next heat wave, why not cool down by listening to the breezy acoustic strumming of the Olms, ambient music from Eluvium, Bibio’s electronica and more?
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