Review: Bad Wires – “Politics of Attraction”

Politics of Attraction, the full-length debut from Louisville power trio Bad Wires, is a Frankenstein’s monster of a rock record. The group, technically adept but still engaging in guttural and primal ways, are well-studied pupils and make the proceeds unfurl easily. The LP’s seven tracks offer punk attitude, 1990s New York City noise posturing, a touch…

Review: Exhalants – “Atonement”

This year has become a Groundhogs Day of Nightly News shitshows in much of the Western world, but 2020 (we’ll give it this much) has been at least a little rewarding for fans of good ol’ aggressive noise-rock. Now, just a couple months after Pittsburgh’s TRVSS offered up a venomous sophomore LP, Exhalants is doing…

Review: Human Impact – S/T

Imagine an orgy scored by rusty industrial equipment blasting New York City noise-rock, something like Unsane, Cop Shoot Cop, or Swans in their wicked primes. It would be a gritty, menacing spectacle — sweaty, filthy, angry sex — and set in some cold-water flat on the Lower East Side or along the Gowanus in a…

Review: Tunic – “Complexion”

There’s a problem with Complexion, the bombastic full-length debut outing from Canadian trio Tunic, out Feb. 8 via Self Sabotage/Super Secret, and it keeps the entire record from being a furious series of eruptions and, instead, pegs it as a hit-and-miss collection that simply goes a little off the rails. It’s David Schellenberg’s voice. Well,…

Review: Exhalants – S/T

To call Austin’s Exhalants a bombastic noise-rock trio is to call Everest a molehill. These guys, who released an epic, self-titled full-length via Self Sabotage Aug. 24, write with acid and fire, and burn with the desire to spread their gospel. It’s might stuff. Exhalants don’t craft hooks, but hurl explosions. Their impact on your…