@@@ Trash Kit: Horizon (Upset the Rhythm, 2019) Some Brit indie business off a promo email from Line of Best Fit. Retro ’90s guitar indie weirdness with what sounds like a synth horn, but might be a poorly recorded real horn. Peppy, upbeat energy featuring active drumming that is higher quality than most indie bands. The second tune, Dislocate, has a loping indie world music (specifically African) laidback guitar feel to it. I like it more than the opener. I think this record has some interesting ideas but I keep fast forwarding to the next track which is always not a great sign.
@@@ Dumb – Club Nites (Mint) More indie rock, this time more muscular than the freak slant above. The dude singer is energetic and off on a spoken word rant about something inconsequential. I like the band they sound excited while rocking a pretty standard formula. I’m on the fourth tune of this record and I dig this record. The combination of a quasi ranting singer and a red bulled up band results in a quasi old school Minutemen kinda feel without the politics and with a distortion pedal. If you’re an indie hipster peep this, it’s pretty happening.
@@@ Venom Prison – Samsara (Prosthetic) Some metal off this week’s All Music notable release email. Oh my, after a doomy intro these guys kick it off with all over you metal shitshow. Lots of everything — threedling guitars, big power chords, jump cuts, and a singer that is pissed off but doesn’t sound like a fantasy goblin all the time. With song titles like Uterine Industrialization you know what you’re in for on this record — a healthy blast of anti-social. If you’re up for a post July 4th mosh these guys are there for the hookup. They do a really god job of blending classic metal, thrash, doom and rolling it up into their own thing.
YTD recordings listened to: 336
Good music, not list worthy: 201
Not good music: 116
Honorable Mentions: 0
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