Portland-based noise rock outfit Frequency Killer are poised to release their debut single, Lupercalia/Too High Too Low, tomorrow on New Year’s Day. These two tracks forgo typical Amphetamine Reptile worship and instead infuse their noise rock stylings with spaced-out sludge and caustic atmospheres. It’s raw, ugly, and probably the best thing we can think of to ring in the new year. In anticipation of its release, we at Svbterranean bring you an exclusive early stream of the single alongside a mini-review.
Check out all the goods below.
“Lupercalia” kicks off the A-side of the single with pummeling bass lines smothered in thick, guitar-generated fog. The song then opens up into a back-and-forth struggle between hazy psychedelia, piercing riffs, and bestial sludge. Snarling, reverb-soaked vocals are the icing on the cake and lead the track though all the groove, noise, and up to its cacophonous climax.
“Too High Too Low” makes up the B-side and features a lurching, sinister bass. A bellowing bass line spearheads the track as corrosive guitar noise and earsplitting leads. Eventually the song is bombarded with dissonant, wailing guitars and grimy, angular sludge. Everything just slowly builds into a wall of harsh sound that ends the two-track release on an abrasive note.
This short, but sweet release is a proper introduction to these Portland noise rockers and will hopefully be the first of many scathing records to come.