Showing posts with label Digital EP. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Digital EP. Show all posts

Aug 17, 2019

MONONEGATIVES 5 Second Future EP

London, Ontario's Mononegatives are comprised of at least one member of high energy punk rock-n-rollers Isölation Party (who's fine album you should lend an ear to if you haven't yet.)

Outside of the high energy punk rock part though, that's where the comparisons between to two pretty much end. Things are much, much more agitated here.

On the EP's title track, it sounds as if the guitars are run through a meatgrinder, the vocals howl and growls as if they're making a feral call for help from the bottom of a brimstone burning pit and the tempo is unhinged and gives an impression that it is about to explode, throwing bits of piercing shrapnel all over the neighborhood.


It's followed by "Garbage Blood", which has a pop-tinge but with whiplash causing stop/starts which would rather scorch hearts with napalm than touch them with a chewy and sweet melody. The synths that accent both tracks make it all feel even more blackhearted.
 

The generally dystopian take on rock-n-roll here is aptly capped off with a Tubeway Army cover with the band taking "You Are In My Vision" and making it resemble something like a very sinister outtake from Wire's Pink Flag.

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Aug 14, 2019

JOHNNY ILL Congratulations EP

Johnny Ill's songs are for the everyman. Not in some blustery and blue-collar anthem kinda way though. More like of the finding fascination and poetry in the mundane day to day sort.

His latest release (the first from him in a couple of years as well as the first release done with his most recent gang of musical partners in crime), Congratulations,  is full of such moments. "Hamtramck Island" whose lyrics seem like the recapping of a day walking around the Detroit borough the song is named after has a bit of a Jonathan Richman vibe to it. It's as jangling as some Modern Lovers songs could be but it's also a bit more jittery and rattled. The same sort of thing, but a little more sparse in its accompaniment, can be said about "Third & Blaine."


While such off-centered and noisy pop proves to be a delight here, the songs stretch a bit beyond that. "One Year Plan" has  Mark E. Smith squigglings all over it and "Birds" resembles the first couple A Certain Ratio singles if they grew up playing in midwest basements stocked with plenty of Stroh's. 

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