Kicking off with a really dirty amp-hum is a great way to reel me in to a record like this, and the rest of Heavy Metal, the A-side of this 7” from the boldly-named Breast Massage, does not disappoint. A few buckets of scuzz have been emptied all over this tune, and it sounds great. Part of the Too Pure Singles Club.
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Breast Massage are a band, because all words are bands now, including Twin Peaks, but that’s a complaint for another day. The band brings together Jake Orall, as well as members of Diarrhea Planet, who are also a band with a name. Their new 7” sees them attempt a premature, gritty and toiletified type of doom metal that focuses on being primal first and everything else later. The first track, which is of course called “Heavy Metal”, chugs and riffs and spooks, with distant vocals calling out like Moses from the mountain, if all he was decreeing was a strong belief in rock ‘n’ roll, momentary feedback and blazing it. Choice lyric: “Heavy metal / gets me high / heavy metal / I want to die”. We all want to get high and we’re all going to die, but Michael McIntyre tried to be observational too, and where did that get him? Pretty okay riff though -- not quite Sleep, but it’d make a good hardcore breakdown on another day.
On the b-side, “HermAphrodite”, there’s more putrid broiness, riffs squelching out of line and drums plastering the walls like thickly applied paint. It’s largely instrumental and thoroughly uninteresting, using feedback more provocatively while throwing out a lot of classic-but-tried sounding doom guitar tricks. Beyond the music, I’m kind of cautious of a band of dudes naming themselves Breast Massage and having a song called “hermAphrodite” -- it seems careless, if not transphobic, and mostly just stupid. Recommended if you want some lite doom. Don’t google the name. Don’t go on the internet.
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