Knowing absolutely nothing about this band, let’s just talk about the cover art first. There’s a girl with no top on singing into a microphone in a sexy way with a man’s hand on her back and a floating old school tape deck (the kind you’d find in your school library’s “listening center.”) These two images are in black and white collaged over a messy red and white background. I like it. It looks like the kind of collage I used to make in my room in college probably while listening to Modest Mouse and The Pixies and waiting for some dumb boy to call me. Alright. Let’s put this record on!
Hold on. First of all, this record is SUPER thick. Like, thicker than “Song Hits 1939.” And looks like it has never ever been played. Such a mystery! I wonder if this isn’t supposed to be played at 33 rpms. Alex’s isn’t home and while I’m tempted to call him, I’m going to wing it on my own. Second of all, we’ve got lyrics in the liner notes! Yay! We haven’t had that in a while.
Hmmm. Sometimes this sounds like Liars to me, but then the lyrics are really fast reminding me of some of the hardcore bands I’ve listened to already like Bad Brains, but not quite as crazy. The second song, “A Pack of Wolves,” does sound like a teenage girl having a fit at first, but then it goes into a choppier, almost chanting kind of lyric. I’m kind of liking this. It makes you want to spazz out by yourself a little bit. You definitely have to be in a certain kind of mood to appreciate this music, but I think I might be in it. I’m home alone, I just cleaned up some cat puke, took my contacts out and sat down to listen to this record. I got a haircut today too, and I’m enjoying how my head and hair feel different when I nod along to the spazzy parts.
I like how the songs all sort of mesh together, especially the last two on the first side. And the last song, which is called 9, actually his pretty romantic lyrics:
i love you
more than the last sweet fruit
on the highest limb
Side two starts with a calming few notes on guitar followed by an alarming cacophony of vocals! Woah. It’s quite alarming. The song is called “Speaking in Tongues,” and yeah, it’s impossible to read along with these lyrics.
Oh! “Deformative” is definitely THE BEST song on this album. This song is great! I love the line: “I’m sixteen driving south from Baltimore.” It’s reminding me of Le Tigre but dudes. I feel like I could actually put this song on my 5k play list right after “Who Put The Bomp.” I think I just might do that!
The next few songs are a little much, the melody feels like it’s getting less and less important, and lacking the “catchiness” of “Deformative.” but there are a lot of songs I definitely enjoyed on this album. So, my bottomline is, I liked it! Not a new favorite, but I can definitely see playing this again some time.
PS- I’m going to put the year that the album I’m reviewing came out in the post titles from now via the suggestion of my sister. You’re welcome, Rach.