Workin’ Man Noise Unit are probably Reading’s greatest gang of noise rocking bastards. Play Loud (well obviously this should be played loud) is a direct, skronky blast of songs + noise, all sounding nice and fried. Released in a suitably psychedelic sleeve on the Riot Season label. Limited edition of 400 LP copies
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7/10 Robin Staff review, 25 November 2015
They asked me to play it loud so I obliged. I get the feeling they aren’t going to reward me with material goods, but Workin’ Man Noise Unit have offered this little stocking of rock music to enjoy. Workin’ Man Noise Unit are kind of what I imagine it’d be like if Charizard and Blastoise were in a two piece together; they look hardcore, but they used to be cute ‘lil Pokebabies. Distortion blows through the record like a hot blast of fire on “Cruisin’” before the band reach a strangely pretty vocal harmony and a riff worthy of pop-punk. It’s like they wanna be Metz but can’t help but be Japandroids. Check their ode to smokin’ and drinkin’ on the scowled fuzz rocker “Icegrill” -- I’ve got their number.
Their riffs slightly psychedelic and their vocals a strange kinda sugar punk, WMNU occupy a strange place in the noise ‘n’ stoner contingent. Their songs can lock into rhythms, but they’re just as likely to pick the lock and storm into the room yelling “freeze!”. It makes for a constantly surprising record in a world of pretty predictable fuzz records that feedback ‘til you relent. “Yeah I Was Hypnotised” stumbles onto a tight drumbeat and lets noise and riffs billow through it, eventually breaking the tight pace for a Parquet Courts-esque grand finish, which they then destroy with a tempo-shaking breakdown. They do a lot and I like it when they do it. They should've called it 'Please Play Loud' though.
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