How the hell is that for a name: Negative Feedback Resistor by Destruction Unit! Pow! Brutal noise-punk-rock that charges along with hardly a care. This is the group’s second album, and it arrives with strong anti-establishment political vibes and amps that are turned up quite far. On Sacred Bones, with all the lovely cover art aesthetic that you’d expect.
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The liner notes for ‘Negative Feedback Resistor’ keep things simple: “Destruction Unit sacrificed their ears to make this album as loud a statement as possible. Will you lend them yours?”. Personally I’ll defend my ears against an overloud Nick Drake recording, but the band’s point is well made: this record doesn’t exist on a low volume. Rather, it's like a hardcore album playing snap with its feedback interludes. Dangling off a cliff by a busy city motorway and an industrial estate, this music falls off things and crashes into itself.
Underneath the ruinous punk rock, ‘Negative Feedback Resistor’ is hiding a thing that Destruction Unit know quite well: psychedelia. In its traditional form, its checklist is wahing guitar solos and echoing melodies, the kind that appear to confound the noise -- as they do in a particularly epiphanic moment on “Salvation”. The way the band take themselves out of their interlocked groove on this track is quite Boris, a delighted psych pantomime worthy of Atsuo’s Britney mic. They seem almost embarrassed by their genre affections, curling the song into a droning wall of guitar scratches on “Chemical Reaction/Chemical Delight”, and from there they carry on into the thrash punk cliche “Animal Instinct”.
This noise is more accessible and indeed traceable than Destruction Unit would have you believe, and it’s often laid out with palatable structure: the slow build of “Judgement Day”, brought about with abstracted guitar chords and glassy effects, brings the band towards a sonorous post-punk tune that only eventually breaks into more scuzz. “If Death Ever Slept” begins with dreamy segueing ambient that Deerhunter might have brought out for ‘Cryptograms’, an acoustic guitar melting blissfully into an electric one. The band sound like they’re rummaging their way towards the surface -- much like additional musician Alex Zhang Hungtai does with his Dirty Beaches project -- but they always find a few cracks of light on the way. Sunshine pop, when you think about it.
9/10 S.Westwood Customer review, 15th September 2015
Destruction Unit are back and ready to pummel your ears with even more fuzz fried psych rock.
This album is probably their heaviest yet.
My highlights are the punk scuzz of "If Death Ever Slept". And a trippy "The Upper Hand".
This album is the sound of a band pushing the limits of their genre in the aim for total sonic annihilation. It also proves their existence as one of the best psych rock grops of the 2000's.
I was wondering if they would be able to beat the awesome "Deep Trip" however this album is a step above their previous releases.
THEIR BEST YET!
LONG LIVE DESTRUCTION UNIT!
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