Noise is scattered through the songs of Deaf Wish. It wallows through their sighed grunge tunes and their no frills punk shitshows, feedback wailing as if it wants nothing more than to be part of a pop song for once. Pain reconciles the twin forces of melodious songwriting and nauseating dissonance, a blend that best explains how a band stretched across different continents would sound coming together.
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Cuddling the many eras of noisy grunge, the kinda-amusingly-but-not-really titled Deaf Wish feel some sort of way about ‘Pain’. Or maybe they don’t: this record has real punk indifference stamped onto it, the guitars dissonant and furious, often as refusing as Sonic Youth on a jam hype or Michael Gira in a staring contest with chords. When they sing, though, they do so in sighed monotones, sleepy grumbles and spiteful skramz. No feelings, just barely decipherable words.
Deaf Wish’s best moments come when they drive their songs round the curb into a melody: “Sunset’s Fool” peels back the screeching feedback for striking chords and riff extractions of the Unwound variety. Deaf Wish occasionally do things by the way of Fist City and Metz fury, such as the one-two punch of “Eyes Closed” and “Pain”, but the balance is different: the vocals are strained and rasped while the guitars have that wisened ‘Teenage Dream’ aesthetic’, different sounds that come together anew. It’s the latter style that favours them more: songs like “Pain” initially drag but draw the listener in by not giving a shit about them.
The guitars clatter together fine, and the band occasionally lock into inescapable full-band grooves (they have to worm their way out of "Dead Air" before time runs out), but I like it more when they leave a melancholy trail of barely complete melodies. When Deaf Wish are slower, they sound better -- but I can’t forgive them for wanting to have a little scream. That’s the dream.
9/10 S.Westwood Customer review, 16th August 2015
Awesome! This albums is full of noisy scuzzy guitar and feedback and is a great listen. Highlights for me was the title tack "Pain" which is full of guitar noise and shouted vocals and "Dead Air".
This album also features vocals from many different band members which adds more variety to the album.
This album is not for everyone however if you are a fan of bands like "Sonic Youth" and more noisy bands "Destruction Unit". Overall this album is an exiting listen and will certainly be a contender for my albums of the year list.
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