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Ooh, I'm not familiar with Dope Body but one track in and this CD has already reminded me of Floor, Shellac and Bitch Magnet with intro 'Shook''s malevolent doomy vibes. They do a bit of a u-turn after that, though, switching to lively, visceral dance punk styles in the second track 'Road Dog' with spidery post-punk verses and a chunky '70s rock chorus. Rocking. It's bringing me back to those hazy days when DIY rock music was exuberant and fun, back before it grew a goatee beard and started smoking artisan cigarettes and writing pieces for prepared piano.
Over the course of the album it tends to fit into either the minimal percussive doom-rock bracket or the hyperactive post-grunge one, and the band are excellent in both modes. The rhythm section can totally channel the rumbling gnarly minimal grooviness that makes Shellac so heavy but there's a more playful approach overall than those legendary gents, who I sometimes feel take themselves a little too seriously. In 'Twice The Life' they bring in some murky steel drum samples (or a weird steel drum-sounding guitar effect...it's hard to be sure!) and a heavy reggae groove in the verses for a seriously confusing rocker with a pummeling downtuned chorus recalling the likes of Unsane or even early Pantera! Then there's a galloping epic Archers Of Loafy number, then there's one that sounds like Scratch Acid crossed with The Paper Chase...these guys clearly know their way around their instruments, and know how the music they're playing works well enough for their playing to display a restraint that serves the songs well - when they do get flashy, it serves to take the music somewhere rather than seeming like showing off.
It's reminding me of the good old-fashioned rock music of the 1990s but it sounds totally modern at the same time. The combination of accomplished, restrained, heavy rocking and the band's Butthole Surfers-esque sense of freedom and adventure makes every single track here memorable and distinct. Those of you who like the new Torche LP should pay special attention to this. In fact, fans of gnarly '90s rock music in general, pay attention! As the kids would say, this shit is fucking sick.
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