Sun Children Sun are a Noise/Punk/Psychedelic collective from Japan, with lots of releases available for free on their Bandcamp page. This release is a live recording from a new year’s party, and it captures Sun Children Sun in what is likely their element. They blend Black Metal, Grindcore, Bit-Tune, Psychedelic and Punk Rock with insane bravado, creating a whacked out, Jam band passages of lightning fast, way fun madness. All kinds of vocal and gang vocal, Surf parts, Blast beats, weird breakdowns, Noise dirges, theramins(?), cowbells and Napalm Death covers. This stuff is super fun, totally wasted in very raw and lo-fi, and really unique. EVERYTHING IS SUX!!!! DRUGS ONLY SAVE US!!!!
Twerps are a Hardcore/Punk band from Massachussetts, who play mad catchy, stompy and fun midpaced Hardcore with two step beats, rockin’ melodies and burly growl vocal, a juxtaposition that sounds awesome and urgent. Lo-fi and stripped down, totally drenched in simple melody, with raw but punchy production. They remind me of Dangus Tarkus, Dead Friends or Creem but more snotty and fun! Exactly the kind of garage-sound Punk I’m always ready to hear, hugely recommended.
Street Sects are a Digital Hardcore/Noise group from Texas. The three tracks on ‘The Morning After The Night We Raped Death’ broach Electronics, Noisecore, Atari Teenage Riot style Digital Hardcore and weird pulsing Dance beats, with lots of screaming/shriek vocal, blending these sounds into an assaulting, intriguing palette. There’s a certain Industrial flavour in here too, and Street Sects aren’t afraid to slow everything down and crank up the eerie ambiance also, making this short release varied and interesting, and short enough to warrant repeat listens. This stuff also reminds me somewhat of Mutwawa in their approach to Science Fiction Dance beats and their sweaty, dank vibe. This will definitely appeal to fans of the above mentioned Mutwawa, A Beautiful Lotus, Girls Names or The Cryptic Yeast. If you dig the release you can pick up a copy of the 7″ on the Bandcamp page.
Harsh Noise cassette release from Jon Engman’s Custodian. Two ‘tracks’ of Harsh Noise cut up and barrage. Truly dense but not without layers and textures, and with a certain Industrial influence also to be found in the occasional distorted rhythm patterns in breaks in the sound, which serve as a moment’s surface to air before plunging straight back into the static. Isolating, miserable and impenetrable. Both sides are under 7 minutes each, shifting focus from HNW endurance to blasting cut up misanthropy. Intriguing, violent and migraine inducing, and highly recommended.
The first Pro Noise release, a meeting of giants in the form of Actuary and Bastard Noise. The two Actuary tracks here are spacious, intricate tapestries of Drone and Harsh Noise, with interplay between police radio samples, low vibrating distortion, sonar echos and crackling, roaring Noise cut ups. There’s an emphasis on the journey and the stretch of time these sounds occupy, meaning that when the sounds erupt slowly into violent, groaning Noise explosion the impact is all the more great. Very atmospheric, intense and ponderous. The Bastard Noise track on this split is a reminder of The Skull’s true power; this single track trawls a wealth of sonic gold out from the darker recesses of subconscious Man(cruel). Extremely damaging blasts of squalling feedback are manipulated over minimalist droning backdrops, creating terrifying images in the mind’s eye. Echo laden vocal shriek/burl is intertwined into the throbbing Noise, creating yet more sonic intrigue, and the variety of sound here is breathtaking, considering we are talking about a single 15 minute track. ‘Incineration Prayer’ is up there with Bastard Noise’s greatest sound work, in my opinion. Both sides of the split compliment each other well, and both provoke repeat listens. Overall this release is entirely indispensable for Noise fans; a truly vivid and inspiring meeting of sounds and experimentation.
I will preface this review by saying I’m a die hard Kaiju movie fan, so this was always going to appeal to me, but being as it’s another project from hyperactive Gore wizard Andy Ringdahl and everything the dude does is great, maybe I’m not so biased. Gabara features Cody on Drums, also of the legendary Mince band LT. Dan, as well as the excellent Total Hipster Crusher and Abe Lincoln amongst others, so this isn’t one of Andy’s one man endeavors. Gabara plays city wasting Mincecore, with elements of Goregrind, lots of blast beats and super puke Godzilla shriek vocal. This Demo is 4 tracks in less than 3 minutes, so here’s hoping we get more of this Kaiju Mincing insanity. In all honesty what’s not to like? Nothin’. Go download it.
Another week, another release from Andy of Hyperemesis/Torched Lung/Intentional Vehicular Manslaughter/Selfish Beings and literally a billion other projects. Reekorrhoea is Drum Machine driven, Bassy MinceGore obsessed with Horror movies, for this release specifically The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, and with super low low vomit vocal. Very Punky and Lo Fi, as most of Andy’s recorded output is, but with a lot less Sludge and Crust in the mix, instead dealing in more traditional Gore fare. Again as with most of Andy’s stuff, the vibe on this tape is totally rancid, disgusting and stinky, like getting bodyslammed by a dump truck full of sewage. Rad. ‘Who will survive… and what will be left of them?’