St Vincent by Deaf Wish

This is actually not a new record from Texan singer-songwriter Annie Clark, but the work of Australian noise rockers Deaf Wish. 'St Vincent' is the band's first EP, bringing together their affection for post-hardcore with an Unwound-influenced disregard for being heard. Recommended for fans of early noise rock and fuzzed-out Sonic Youth.

Vinyl 7" £5.49 SP1116

7" on Sub Pop.

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St Vincent by Deaf Wish
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7/10 ReviewBot3000 03 October 2014

After three LPs and a couple of singles on small Australian labels, Melbourne's Deaf Wish become the second Antipodean band to make the move to Seattle giants Sub Pop recently, following on the heels of Total Control. This quartet play a brand of noise rock which owes heavy debts to late '80s Sonic Youth, with weirdly tuning guitars shifting between passages of intertwined chiming and squalling wall-of-noise discord, while singer Sarah Hardiman drawls louchely over the top in a distracted Kim Gordon-esque chant.

Opener 'St Vincent's' has a sort of moaned, loose dual vocal thing going on which is really effective alongside the clouds of jagged guitar, and there's a boy singing on 'Cool Comment' who's somewhere between Moore and Ranaldo. It's a strong EP, with punchy songs and good production, but the likelihood is that it'll mostly just make you want to listen to Sonic Youth. If you've worn out all your Yoof albums and want something new that sounds a lot like Sonic Youth, step right this way, this lot have really got that dream-like but harsh sound nailed down.


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