Potion/Car Made of Glass – Split
California sister bands Potion and Car Made of Glass collectively crank out 19 minutes of distorted mathgrind irreverence on their new split release. Potion‘s side of the split features an eclectic, charmingly annoying sound that is akin to a Dreamcast malfunctioning. The guitars feature a mix of heavily distorted, chugging breakdowns and abstract insanity throughout. Chaotic drumming thunders below as the guitars chirp, wail, slide, and practically explode with cyber mayhem. Cyborg jazz (“Real Teen Wolves”) and quirky electronica (“Princeton’s Dream”) also make an appearance and everything is spearheaded by grating vocals that sound like a mix of Chip King’s (The Body) wail and R2D2’s screech. Car Made of Glass‘ side of the split is far less ridiculous, but no less unique and tumultuous. The band’s take on grind is lo-fi, cacophonous, and full of seismic low-end. The guitars are tuned to subterranean lows and crank out barreling groove after groove and are propelled by hammering drumming. Everything is extremely raw and the songs hit the listener in walls of disemboweling sound. Both sides of the split are unabashedly odd and unpolished and will definitely appeal to a certain type of listener; listeners that enjoy tinnitus.
Release Date: January 1, 2019
Label: List of Lakes
Favorite Tracks: Potion – “David Blaine Trapped Under Ice pt. 2” Car Made of Glass – “Surrounded by Concrete”
For Fans of: Psyopus, Heavy Heavy Low Low and An Isle Ate Her
Scalp the Pioneer – Fentanyl I See..
Powerviolence trio Scalp the Pioneer craft five minutes of crushing bitterness on their newest EP release, Fentanyl I See. Much like previous releases from these Bostonians, Fentanyl I See showcases a brutal mix of powerviolence, grind, and sludgy beatdown. The title track kicks off the EP with bursts of hyperspeed violence and snarling vocals that bleed into life-ending breakdowns and mosh-worthy riffs. “Methadone Mile” follows next with marching riffs that transition into quick stampedes of dissonant, cacophonous grind, and further into skull-caving Dystopia doom. The final track, “C-3POverdose”, closes out the EP with two-minutes of city-leveling, ignorantly heavy sludge grooves. Fentanyl I See is quick, but not painless. Scalp the Pioneer prove to be a consistently crushing force and fans of hardcore in all of its forms would be wise to check them out.
Release Date: January 1, 2019
Favorite Tracks: “Fentanyl I See”
For Fans Of: Dystopia, Weekend Nachos, Secret Cutter and Coke Bust
Rations Noise/Unknown River Driver – Split
Born from the ashes of Long Island punk band Rations comes the debut material from both Unknown River Driver and Rations Noise. Comprised of former members of the aforementioned Rations and Lamagna, Unknown River Driver hark back to the 90s heyday of post-hardcore with their side of the split. Titled Remains, Unknown River Driver‘s side features five emo-tinged punk tunes full of angular melodies and anthemic choruses. The songs combine both straightforward post-hardcore drives with noisier, more jangly instrumentation that will appease fans of both Drive Like Jehu and Jawbreaker. Rations Noise‘s side, titled Dronestruck, is drastically different. The experimental project remixes and rearranges studio and live recordings from Rations with elements of harsh noise, industrial, and splices everything with text-to-speech that explores the affects of the US drone war. The songs generally feature pre-recorded punk and post-rock instrumentation that glitch in-and-out of walls of noise and pounding cyber drumming. The juxtaposition between both bands’ sounds is what makes this split release engaging and interesting.
Release Date: January 11, 2019
Label: 86’d Records
Favorite Tracks: Unknown River Driver – “Isaiah”, Rations Noise – “Litany for Hancock Airbase”
For Fans Of: Jawbreaker, Drive Like Jehu and Demdike Stare
Boink – Something Colorful for Sure
Portland art punk squad Boink deliver seven tracks of psychedelic, spastic eccentricity on their debut full-length, Something Colorful for Sure. Just like its name implies, the record paints its songs in various colorful, and sometimes abrasive ways to distance itself from the typical garage punk tropes. The dueling guitars battle each other for dominion on each track, with electric punk chords colliding with churning, noisy riffs. The wailing vocals of Noelle Magia and the cumbia rhythms, courtesy of marimba player Shana Lindbeck, also add a unique shade to the album’s sound. Songs like the slow-burning “Meat Boy” illustrate all of this with its squalling six-string attacks that come bursting out of quiet, cumbia inspired verses. Other tracks such as “Nod at God” are more straightforward in their psychedelic punk stylings, unleashing surging and swirling instrumentation that verges on noise rock territory and bombards the listener with reverb-laden riffs. All in all, Boink‘s Something Colorful for Sure is a unique, quirky, and driving record.
Release Date: December 6, 2018
Label: Nadine Records
Favorite Tracks: “Nod at God” and “Dark Matters”
For Fans Of: The Coathangers, Ceremony and Gang Gang Dance