‘Untitled’ is the debut release from WALL. Described as a genuinely sought after act on the New York underground scene, the record contains a number of solidly constructed pieces of hard hitting music that has taken them from unknown to very much, known! A mix of punk and hardcore, and is available on Vinyl LP and CD.
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Yeah, just call yourselves Wall. That’ll do. You’re gonna do great! That’s as much snark as I’ve got in in the tank right now, so I’ll just get down to it: the band formerly existing as Wall are/were a NYC indie punx thing. They were apparently a “sought-after” band over in their scene, which probably explains why the broke up straight after releasing this, their first ever LP. Is it good? Quite: following a ferocious and slashing 7” on Wharf Cat, this record of straight-up, narrowly recorded punx is a fast, intuitive blast of refusal.
This is one of those records that sends my whole understanding of musical components into a spiral: are these hooks or is it noise? Are these chord sequences nice or do they make me feel a little nauseous? Is this discordant or… something else? I basically love that Wall can seemingly be catchy simply by snarling and pacing their way through these songs, jumping on each other with call-and-response vox and spoken word treatises. Best of all is when their songs sorta fall apart on call: the post-punk jangle of “(Sacred) Circus” gets a sorta proggy afterthought of a chorus, descending into a jagged and dressed down chug and bridging itself with the most broken of riffs and solos.
Make it sound like it fits and I won’t have a qualm to squash: this record stitches together its fragments of fragments wonderfully. I love “Wounded at War” introducing bent notes and surfy chords in a jagged, doomed atmosphere, as if marrying V.H.S with Shopping. Pretty fun to hear a band play joy and joylessness off against one another -- who put that saxophone there, I ask “Charmed Life”? Why does it suddenly sound like I’m listening to a reboot of Sound of the Sixties? Very into it, Wall. Bye!
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