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- Crusher by Grave Babies
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This album looks a bit intimidating. Judging by the pig’s head on a makeshift sacrificial altar which adorns the front cover and the spidery black metal font which renders the tracklist borderline-illegible, I assumed I was probably in for some kind of atonal noise rock ordeal, but actually that’s not what this is at all.
In fact what Grave Babies are doing here is more of a gothy post-punk indie murk-pop type affair, laying muddy, indistinct vocals over patient, metronomic melodies in a way which reminds me a little of The KVB, but with much more of an indiepop element to the songwriting, with the phrasing and hooks sometimes strangely making me think of The Thermals despite the clear stylistic differences.
It can seem a little schizophrenic sometimes, flitting between shoegaze, goth, post-punk and pop textures from rumbling ambience to overdriven guitar crunch, but the main focus is on scuzzy lo-fi coldwavey songs with guitars and synths and a mixture of live and programmed beats. It’s murky and distant but strangely anthemic.
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