Thursday, July 31, 2014

OUTSIDE - h.o.m.e.s. REVIEW

OUTSIDE - h.o.m.e.s.

One can't help but notice the strong new wave of bands experimenting and channeling the sounds of shoegaze, grunge, and emo. (I refuse to use the term "emo revival" because frankly it is a false term.) Within this new wave, bands have been going in a number of different directions, some a more straight-forward grunge, some an atmospheric, swirling shoegaze, and some an energetic expression of emo. I give you Michigan's own Outside, who aim to give you all 3 in a very cohesive and promising debut. 

Opener "Huron" immediately pulls the listener in and gives you a taste of what's to come: reverb-laden, ambient shoegaze with just a hint of modern emo and pop punk which gives this release a strong edge of crossover appeal. 

"Ontario", "Michigan", and "Erie" exhibit the more energetic side of this debut. Dripping with nostalgic charm and a strong lyrical delivery (highlighted especially in the track "Erie"), these 3 songs broadcast the band's ability of combining many ideas and genres into one cohesive, interesting, and emotional musical experience. 

Definitely worth checking out for any lovers of shoegaze, '90's emo, and modern grunge rock, Outside's debut reveals something that not many debuts are capable of doing: that this band is confident and self-aware without being pretentious or overly relevant. Shimmering, beautiful ambi-punk. This reviewer recommends that you go outside. 




Unsettling. That is the word that comes to mind when listening to this piece of harsh noise. A vicious and bleak 27 minutes of hollow, cold, piercing harsh noise wall, Female Pedophile creates something that not many of his HNW contemporaries are capable of doing. What he has created is an entire characteristic; a truly deep and troubling atmosphere. Unsettling indeed. 

Bleak and unforgiving, Female Pedophile lets every aspect of his identity speak for itself. From the music, the lo-fi production value, to the name itself, there is a deeply personal, almost "violating" feeling that overtakes the listener when listening to "The Brocks". 

Unsettling Harsh Noise Wall from Texas. You have been warned. 


WET NURSE - Victim Of Apology Letter REVIEW


Noise should never be devoid of emotion. If anything, noise should be accepted as one of the most emotive and expressive forms of music. Through expressing the most human of emotions and currents, noise retains it's deeply personal identity. In the vein of artists like Deathpile, Swallowing Bile and Waves Crashing Piano Chords, the following act brings forward a deeply emotive atmosphere that will leave the listener with not only a cloud of melancholy, but a wave or euphoric grief as well. 

The Canadian Power Electronics act and head of Male Activity Records  brings us 2 powerful and dense tracks full of ominous rage and despair. One can't help but decipher a possible no wave influence (DNA, early Swans)when listening to opener "A Rose Amongst Thorns". An atmospheric and gothic ode to the likes of IRM, Wet Nurse presents a sound that is familiar, but fresh. The repetition and brutal minimalism of the track swallows the listener and refuses to let go, while the distorted and throbbing vocal delivery creates an even greater sense of unsettling misery for the listener. 

The second and final track on this tape is "Deflowered". This track once again brings its minimalism to the forefront, incorporating samples to bring a dark variation and romantic aesthetic to this release. 

I use the word romantic in the best way possible. This release seems deeply personal, and you can hear that in every single word spoken, and you can sense it in the aesthetic and delivery of this release. Complete with dead flowers, this release oozes of strong melodramatic tension, and I mean that in the absolute best way possible. 

A deeply emotional experience, Wet Nurse is one of the most consistent and intelligent current noise acts. "Ten minutes of scornful basement industrial" does not do this release justice. Listening to this, you will feel like a true victim. A victim of misery and dread.