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- The First And Last Days Of Unwelcome by Lumbar
8/10 Clinton Staff review, 21 November 2013
In a parallel of one of those employee exchange programs which sees the managing director sweep the floor for a day, I’ve been given this monolithic slab of crushing sonic endeavour featuring Mike Scheidt (YOB) and Tad Doyle (Yup, thats the lesser spotted Tad out of Tad) and main-man Aaron Edge (HIMSA).
My ears are generally as soft as the underbelly of a cat, easily damaged vessels which balk at anything louder than a Belle and Sebastian B side. But this is great! Opener ‘Day One’ features a huge churning riff and pained vocals, at one point it drops down to amazing bass fuzz only to emerge again twice as angry, twice as loud. The second section of the track hurtles off in a different direction, the drums thumping away compressed to fuck, like.
‘Day Two’ starts off with heavy bass notes and an eerie synth before exploding into a kind of slo-mo yet crushingly heavy riff. 'Day Four’ features a fizzing drum kit and eerie guitar hits ending up in a kind of Slint-like discordance. On it goes, veering between sludgy rock riffs and distorted dissonance.
And theres a footnote which makes the album strike an even deeper chord. Lumbar came together when leader Aaron Edge was unexpectedly diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and wanted to record before the disease became too deep rooted. Certainly the anger and pain he has felt since diagnosis floods through the grooves of the record leading to a raw and utterly vital release. I wish him well and hope that for both himself and for listeners of cavernous, pulverising rock music that this is not his final musical endeavour.
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