9/10 Mike Staff review, 09 May 2014
Young Widows are a hard band to pin down: not exactly post-hardcore, not exactly doom or metal, not exactly noise-rock, they live in that strange in-between world of filthy dirge-groove bands like Harvey Milk, Part Chimp, Unsane, or more recently Dope Body, Dethscalator and Hey Colossus. 'Easy Pain' is their new one and it's a right old 'orrible racket, so if you like their previous records you'll feel instantly at home.
Their sound is a churning, percussive, visceral one, chunks of dirt spraying behind it as it digs its claw-like blades through the soft earth, a seething juggernaut of destruction. Despite looking like they'd only just been born when noise rock first happened, they're happy to channel the unhinged wildness of the young Nick Cave and Jon Spencer in their Birthday Party/Pussy Galore eras, while the riffs clang with a swaggering restraint and drums pound hard and slow.
If you like your rock dirty, heavy and engaging, this won't disappoint. Bit early to say for sure but this could be the most impressive distillation of their sound to date.
6/10 Rob Gannon Customer review, 9th May 2014
"For me, Kentucky trio Young Widows haven’t seen the plaudits their now-four LP careers deserves. Our circles, and by extension others too I’m guessing, very rarely overlap. It turns out they were more appealing as an acquaintance than a friend all the same. Pity."
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