Head Wound City - A New Wave of Violence

by Amy Putman Rating:10 Release Date:2016-05-15

While I was writing this, I was continually distracted by passing trucks, misreading the signage in mind-bending ways. I'm not sure why I was acting like a dog with its head out the window. Too much coffee, maybe? Either way, it led to me reading 'Fresh Frozen Groceries' as 'Fizzing in the Goonies', which made me do a double take, then mildly choke on my coffee as I immaturely giggled at the idea of carbonated testicles.

That's an image that, probably, none of you wanted today, nor expected to get. I felt like I had to write something more than the plain ole review, though, because there are just only so many ways to say that the music was....

 

BRUTAL.

OUTSTANDING.

AMAZING.

FANTASTIC.

BRILLIANT.

GRIPPING.

PERFECTLY PRODUCED.

ORIGINAL.

AMUSING.

WELL CRAFTED.

WITTY.

BEAUTIFUL.

DARING.

FLUENT IN THE LANGUAGE OF METAL.

ENERGETIC.

INSPIRING.

SUBTLY WOVEN.

GORGEOUS.

CLEVER.

INSTANTLY LOVED.

 

And many, many more epithets, often hyperbolic. 

If At The Drive-in (circa One Armed Scissor)had tightened their game with a little Pantera (circa Cowboys From Hell), this would be what it sounded like.  You can hear Blood Brothers and Yeah Yeah Yeahs in there, but the combination is something new and virulent, in the best possible way.  I want this to take over the world.  I want this to infect humanity.

This is the best kind of kick-assing noise.  Yet there's real musical rigour and genius beneath it.  Some surprising and outstanding melody.  The way they wrap the elements together can be artful as much as it is anarchic.

It's screamy testosterone tantrums.  It's vigorous, vicious circle pits.  It's teenage fucks given.  It's a perfect reaction to the chaos and instability inherent to our seemingly ordered system.  It's existential rage.  It's best subversion.

It's perfectly combined recognisable elements combined into wonderful new shapes you could not have imagined, like a Lego printer.  It's an angelic voice twisted for Satan.  It's complex rhythms and the most judicious use of clash I've ever come across.  It's instantly on my top ten album list.

Buy this. Listen to this. See them live. Play with this forever.

It makes me want to scream 'Truck Yeah' like Tim McGraw, but over better music.  It makes me fizz in my goonies.

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