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Stop! Handgrenade in the Name of Crib Death 'Nderstand?

(Kimi; US: 27 Oct 2009; UK: 26 Nov 2009)

Do you miss the days when indie rock was loud, fast, and mean? Back when groups like Unrest, Pavement, Chavez, Superchunk, and Slint were more interested in blowing minds than tearing out hearts? Iceland’s Sudden Weather Change certainly do, and the band does its damndest to bring back the good old days of Desert Storm-era bombast with its interestingly titled debut LP. Loud-soft-loud dynamics collide with vintage Dischord Records-style guitar attacks all over Handgrenade, implementing a sound that’s far more Botnleðja than Bjork, as indicated on scorching cuts like “Black Lung” and “Vagina Bleeding”. Sudden Weather Change is the sound of warm lager being unceremoniously spilled all over the calculated preciousness of Sigur Ros’ “Hopelandic” gibberish with the power of an earthquake leveling the city of Reykjavík.

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Ron Hart is currently enjoying his 11th year as a professional music journalist. In addition to PopMatters, he has also written for such publications as CMJ, Billboard.com, SPIN.com, The Village Voice, Gear, Paper, SHOUT NY, Paperthinwalls.com, Blender, Yellow Rat Bastard, Good Times, Paste, and Barnesandnoble.com among others. He is also the editor and publisher of the Interboro Rock Tribune, a free NYC music zine now in its 6th year in print. Please give us traffic on our website at http://www.irtmag.com.


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