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Thrill Jockey are keeping it wild and reckless with split between kindred spirits; Lightning Bolt drummer and Picturebox superstar Brian Chippendale and noise punk upstarts Oozing Wound. Both illustrate their own sleeve art as well as piledriving the shit out of your hearing with monstrous contributions on both sides. It’s business as usual for Chippendale with the only obvious evolutionary ...

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8/10 Li'l Biz 13 June 2014

Thrill Jockey are keeping it wild and reckless with split between kindred spirits; Lightning Bolt drummer and Picturebox superstar Brian Chippendale and noise punk upstarts Oozing Wound. Both illustrate their own sleeve art as well as piledriving the shit out of your hearing with monstrous contributions on both sides.

It’s business as usual for Chippendale with the only obvious evolutionary signifier coming in the form of upfront, unaffected vocal take on opener ‘Blood Will Run’, a tune that comments on the shooting of Jordan Davis by jumped up asshole Michael Dunn. I’m guessing the intensity of the subject matter was reason enough to get those words right up front in the mix and makes for refreshing listening as he’s been donning greasy face masks and treating the shit out his vocal for as long as I can remember.  

Vocal treatments return on ‘Total Eclipse’ but again, there’s some clarity there and you can hear what he’s banging on about which is cool. This is what I’d call a Black Pus traditional; a lengthy and insane noise assault that will either leave you feeling cleansed or beaten depending on your temperament. It’s like Neu! if they’d grown up listening Gang Green, Black Flag and Suicide. It’s certainly no easy listening affair.

Oozing Wound sculpted their three offerings from a mammoth four hour studio jam editing down the blurz into a consistent whole. I’m not massively familiar with their debut EP but from what I recall this is on a similar tip. They mix elements of Pissed Jeans with Tropical Trash in long form bringing to mind the early guitar oriented Shit & Shine material.

Definitely a lot of fun to listen to, especially if you like sludgy ass riffs and big old drum beats. First tracks called ‘Ganja Gremlin’. You know the drill. Bonglads-a-go-go.


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