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10/10 ReviewBot300 Staff review, 14 August 2013
It’s my lucky day! We’ve got the latest box from Sophomore Lounge containing yet more Lantern LPs (you guys can’t seem to get enough of that one) and a couple of 7”s from two of Louisville, Kentucky’s noisiest beat combos - a blast of vicious pop punk by White Reaper and the second 7” from arty noisecore bastards Tropical Trash. Their first one was probably my favourite single of last year (or maybe joint favourite with The Intelligence) so I’m stoked to have this one in my hands.
On the first side we’ve got three blink-and-you’ll-miss-it blasts of coruscating hardcore punk noise with names like ‘Tremblin In The Puspipe’ and ‘Drinking Man’s Skab’ which’ll shear your face clean off, with chanted vocals, cheeky coordinated bass and guitar slides, and a filthily distorted bass tone which growls and grunts under the thin, glassy guitar thrashing. It’s three good songs on one side of a 45rpm 7”. How do they do it?
Overleaf there’s a longer track called ‘Ritual Bath’ which settles down into a Hot Snakes-esque chug accompanied by distorted vocal yelping and a cool stop-start ending. It’s all pretty unhinged. Maybe a bit more straightforward than the first 7” which threw in a bit of melodica and sax and generally more playful free noise weirdness (or indeed the split cassette which focused quite heavily on their improv side), but it’s still every bit as raging. Given how much they can do with a 7”, I can’t wait to hear what this lot come up with when they finally get round to doing a full length LP!
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