Review: INUS – “Western Spaghettification”

Cherish this, kids, because records like Western Spaghettification don’t come along often. The trio INUS, whose full-length debut is out Aug. 9 from San Diego’s Three One G, prominently features Bobby Bray, he formerly of The Locust, and you can hear The Locust’s dedication to rapid-fire, herky-jerky time signatures and abrasive polyrhythms in much of…

Review: Deaf Club – “Bright Side of Death”

Justin Pearson’s Twitter profile used to read, appropriately, “I give good headache.” Well, San Diego record label Three One G today released a video online today from Deaf Club — Pearson’s latest super-group blast of hardcore punk – and, while it hints at the glory days of The Locust, it doesn’t just mimeograph them. Yes,…

Review: Dead Cross – S/T EP

Surprise, surprise, indeed. The hardcore-punk super-group Dead Cross dropped an unannounced, four-song EP on the public last week via Ipecac and, for all its distractions, it’s a pretty cool little addendum to last year’s full-length debut of the same name. The record, essentially a 7-inch single with two remixes tagged on, shows how the band…

REVIEW: Rolo Tomassi – “Grievances”

My hard drive, in its dying breaths, killed my last review of Rolo Tomassi’s new record, Grievances. Good thing for them. It wasn’t very nice. The U.S. debut by a U.K. band sporting a trope from an American film, Grievances is certainly all right. (The beginning of “The Embers” is crunchy, yeah, yeah.) But that’s about…

REVIEW: Zu – “Cortar Todo”

Want a quick hit summary on an interesting record? Zu’s Cortar Todo, out now on Mr. Mike Patton’s Ipecac Records, is a mind-bending mélange of metal, grindcore, math-rock and no-wave. Boom: there’s the two cents. Wait: no. Take two! Cortar Todo, out now on Ipecac, feels inconsistent in spots but it also is blessed with a…

REVIEW: Wet Lungs – “Vile Hobbies” EP

God bless Gabe Serbian. While some members of San Diego grind-core legends The Locust are taking an indefinite break while the populace waits for Plague Soundscapes 2, Serbian moved to Austin and formed a trio with members of The Roller that rocks almost as hard as his resume suggests it would. What can be said…