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5-track 12" EP on Cruel Nature Recordings. Edition of 250 copies.
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Hoping to go pro as miseryguts, rocker trio Fret! get their hope-abandoned guitars, lazy day everyday drums and desperate vocals onto a slab of wax, hoping to bum out a few new listeners in the process. They sound good, their guitar tone extremely sadcore and their dingy, basement-fi production making for the kind of destitute punk record you can respond to your angst with.
I hope they never pull it up a gear, such is the righteousness of sludge and squalor. “Sonic Poof!” seems content with a good string-bend as its only real motif, the band crashing around a drumbeat as a halfhearted drone whirrs wistfully through the back. “Boner M” focuses on an Unwound-esque chord sequence ‘til death, while the record’s rockiest number, “Swamp Thing”, is also the most chaotic and shambolic. Just as you might like it. It bleeds into “Punch”, which is much the same, a jam without any particular foresight or clarifying melody -- just the chuggier, more full-bodied elements of their accidental noise rock. A good intro.
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