Prissy Whip – R.I.P. AF
Los Angeles’ Prissy Whip make a glorious racket on their second full-length record, R.I.P. AF. The band’s disjunctive and erratic sound sounds as if it was culled from a fever dream or bad drug trip. It can be likened to acts such as AIDS Wolf, Hot Nerds, Arab on Radar, Daughters and the Rhode Island noise sound in general. Guitars and bass are lathered in kaleidoscopic effects and collide which each other, churning out atonal riffs that have been dismantled and pieced back together feverishly in the process. The drumming matches the unpredictable nature of the guitars with sudden rhythmic shifts that morph straightforward patterns into sporadic splendor on the drop of a dime. At the heart of this mess is vocalist Shayne Eastin, whose deranged wail can be compared to that of Lydia Lunch or AIDS Wolf‘s Chloe Lum. “Soak” opens the record with shape-shifting, mangled guitars that, despite their inherent noisiness, are laced with a bizarre sense of melody. This brief tune bleeds directly into “Golem”, a true aural endurance test. This track features bending, sliding instrumentation that sounds like the inner workings of a malfunctioning machine, and gives off an early HEALTH vibe. The track “Dog Food” is an instant standout cut on the album. Here Eastin repeats her “everybody dog food” mantra throughout while dissonant, scraping instrumentation rears its ugly head sporadically at the most inconvenient of times. “Animal Eyes” also stands out from the pack as it combines the band’s brilliantly aberrated assaults with quieter, bass-driven sections accompanied by twinkling guitar melodies and Eastin’s rambling. R.I.P. AF is a gleefully chaotic mess that will appease fans of weird and difficult music. Those looking to get annoyed in the best way possible will have to look no further.
Release Date: August 30, 2016
Favorite Tracks: “Golem”, “Dog Food” and “Idle Warships”
For Fans Of: AIDS Wolf, Arab on Radar and Hot Nerds
Last Wish – Last Wish
Phoenix-based quintet Last Wish offer three brooding, hard-hitting metallic hardcore anthems on their debut self-titled demo. The release begins with over 60 seconds of guitar-generated noise and feedback on “Counterfeit Gods”, which paves the way for an intense barrage of barreling riffs and gruff vocals. The track cycles back and forth between muscular hardcore progressions, blistering leads and simplistic yet punishing breakdowns throughout its five-minute duration. “Leeches” follows next with a menagerie of pummeling, chugging riffs peppered with menacing harmonies. These bestial guitars often morph into metallic beatdowns or dissonant flurries, all of which are marred by gritty production and the occasional wall of noise. “Promised Land” brings the EP to a close with a myriad of grumpy instrumentation that ranges from dissonant chord shapes, thrashing assaults, hardcore stampedes and the ever prevalent lurching breakdown. In the grand scheme of things, Last Wish isn’t doing anything that hasn’t been done for. Though there is nothing overwhelmingly negative to say about the release, it really isn’t new ground for the modern metallic hardcore “scene”. But these songs are still solid for what they have to offer and those looking for a quick and angry release will have fun with Last Wish.
Release Date: August 1, 2016
Favorite Tracks: “Counterfeit Gods”
For Fans Of: Eternal Sleep, Exalt and Blistered