Debut full-length from So Pitted, a Seattle trio with heavy chops. neo drips with drawl and distortion, the members of the band readily trading instruments and vocal duties. CD and LP editions, plus a special, white vinyl ‘Loser Edition’, available only via independent record shops. On Sub Pop.
7/10 Robin Staff review, 17 February 2016
I feel like So Pitted would be a good bunch of people to have a Youtube party with. Having reportedly gotten their band name from a choice phrase in their favourite video, it’s clear this trio probably have a plethora of niche in-jokes waiting to be shared around. I can tell you right now my band would be called Yes Come On, though we might not play this ramshackle, surfin’ and thrashin’ brand of noise punk. ‘neo’, the band’s first record, changes its mind about its favourite thing with the speed and excitement of someone who wants to put on the next dumb video, going from styles a la Metz to Royal Headache to Swans to Ty Segall as and when.
As such, this isn’t the Sub Pop Be Heavy cringefest you might be expecting: So Pitted go in with the feedback and psych haze, using it to slather the abrupt rhythms and psychedelic whisperings of “Woe”, winding their riffs up with grating distortion. They're having too much fun to be taken seriously, and that’s a good defence mechanism: on “Holding the Void”, they come in growling, uninterested in making a song of constituent parts, instead throwing oscillating riffs at the wall in a desperate attempt to break the pace. “No Nukes Country” uses a shattering drum fill but places it alongside a chirper chord sequence worthy of a pop-punk anthem -- albeit drenched in psychedelic effects.
It’s a strange concoction: So Pitted are keeping it noisy and nasty at surface level, but making something peculiar underneath.
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