Big, battering grooves, anthemic choruses, and boundless energy come together in noise rock harmony on Sofy Major‘s fourth full-length album, Total Dump.
Following in the footsteps of its predecessor, 2015’s Waste, Total Dump sees the French trio continuing to refine and expand upon their infectious, driving brand of noise rock. Armed with a gut-punching low end, sludgy grit, catchy vocal melodies, and an impeccable sense of melody and rock swagger, Total Dump decimates the competition and proves itself to be the band’s most well-written and memorable work to date.
The album’s title track sets the destruction in motion with some grumbling, swampy bass lines and disorienting, slithering guitars. After this caustic intro the song explodes in listeners’ faces with monstrous, grimy riffs and bluesy rock leads, all of which are propelled by hard-hitting drumming and peppered with flourishes of intermittent feedback. This lumbering tune is then followed by the barn-burner, “Giant Crush Crash”, which in contrast churns out slews of steamrolling bass lines and general noise punk rowdiness that behaves like a hyperactive Unsane.
The duo of posterior pummelers “Shinny Happy Asshole” and “Franky Butthole” possess some of the record’s heaviest and eclectic passages. The former track comes crashing in like a grumpy Torche track with curb-stomping grooves, squirming melodic leads, and ludicrously catchy vocal lines that refuse to let up. The latter track opts for a more slow-burn approach with seismic, blues-soaked sludge that marches stubbornly among a bruising rhythm section and hazy-eyed, stoner rock solos.
In short, there’s really no shortage of heavy-hitting and earworm moments on Total Dump. From start to finish Sofy Major pull out all the stops to make sure the listener is thoroughly entertained and thoroughly crushed.
Release Date: January 25, 2019
Label: Corpse Flower Records/Deadlight Entertainment/Antena Kryzku
Favorite Tracks: “Total Dump”, “Cream It”, “The Jerk”, “Shinny Happy Asshole” and “Franky Butthole”
For Fans Of: Unsane, Harvey Milk, KARP, Torche and Coliseum