8/10 Dave Staff review, 08 December 2011
This record is a live album that sees Tearist doing what they do best. These L.A. types have forgotten more than I know about playing live and this collection of songs (culled from various shows at various locations) is a rather heady offering. Building on songs driven by synths and intense vocals. They use scrap metals to scrape rhythms from the ground and cracked glitchy synths to create shimmering bass lines and interlocking beats and rhythms.
The vocals have an intense almost Zola Jesus feel to them, while the undulating synths and broken style rhythms make you think of summat like The Knife but with a underground, lo-fi edge. Many a PA has fallen to this duo's sonic attacks and many a sound man has been seen hanging from the rafters after seeing them live. Q: ”Can you turn it down onstage?” A: “Can you suck my ass..?“ It's a raw yet engaging offering and sees Tearist doing their shit in many a loft/basement/shithole club and it sounds like they are having a right gay old time. The punters seem to like it. I reckon it's a pretty sweet collection of cuts. Did you hear about the spaniel that was found with a hefty amount of explosives in his belly? After hours of interrogation police determined that he was a Terrier-ist...ho and indeed ho. A dark party of a record and an interesting LP by all accounts...not flaming bad.
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