Label: Talking Helps Records
Format: Cassette (edition of 150)
Genre: Punk, improv., freeform jazz, shrillwave
When I first read the description for this album and saw the words “punk” and “sax” within the same paragraph, I was immediately curious. And upon first listen, I was exposed to the supernova and blown away.
Holy crap, we open with “Diane and the Deep Bore Tunnel” and I jump about a mile as the track roars to life with an ear shattering growl of a guitar, deafening honks from the sax and the lead singer screaming. Punk meets free form jazz and it’s like watching an explosion in slow motion. What an opening.
As I play through track two, I am introduced to a shrieking violin, distorted guitar, pounding beats and more wild and relentless sax and vocals. This is some intense stuff, like seriously intense. This makes some of the heaviest stuff I’ve heard sound tame. I’m liking it.
The entire album lasts roughly twenty-five minutes. That might sound short to some folks but for this particular improvised style of music, it works. It kind of reminds me of the Thrown Ups if they had several other instruments backing them up and a female lead singer. This has to be one of the most insane and noisy things I’ve heard in years. “Celebrate/Celebait” is a definite standout for me, alongside “Into a Stag,” and “Nisqually Death Rattle.”
This is a very strong debut, to say the least. It’s also by far one of the loudest albums I’ve reviewed, let alone heard. I can only imagine what this must look/sound like live. Should you buy this? If you’re in to noise, punk and freeform jazz, or a combo of all of that, this is the perfect release for you. I don’t put music like this on my playlist often in constant rotation but this release certainly is going to get a lot of replay. It’s just so wild, off the wall, raw and loud that I can’t help but like it. Awesome!
4.5 out of 5.