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This record features a crude painting of a slightly overweight one-armed man in a balaclava sitting on a wooden chair on its front cover. Plus there's a pretty cool booklet with drawings and lyrics and a story I don't have time to read. Put the needle on the groove, however, and you are subjected to several minutes of squalling and obnoxious feedback noise before these guys even really get started. Confrontational. Once they hit their stride, though, there's some really good garagey hardcore to be had. An excellent recording too, actually - everything sounds like it's being driven hard and it's trebly enough to keep the distortion from making it sound murky. On the flip we've got a couple more of these pounding and furious garage stormers, delivered with admirably unhinged abandon. The rest of the side is taken up by a thumping, dirgey, primitive noise jam. Pretty unpleasant stuff. I really do prefer these guys when they're being a bit more concise. Black Flag's a pretty hard comparison to avoid here, since they created the template for both the styles these guys wield. Five storming punk songs and a couple of dirgey room-emptiers. It's as if they don't like people or something.
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