pOrch hail from Oakland, California and like to subversively put their capital letters in the wrong place. The band play experimental, noisy, math punk. Walking Boss, which now sees a 180g blue vinyl pressing, was originally released in 2013. It was recorded by Tim Green whose CV boasts such recording and engineering credits as The Melvins and The Fucking Champs. He was the natural choice for this record.
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Oo, I always like to review records from bands that I have absolutely no previous knowledge of, so when Clint walked over with Walking Boss in his hands I was looking forward to listening to it and spawling out some words on the website. We (Clint and I) were both under the impression that it was going to be a heavyish record, so when I started to play side A of the vinyl to find a few very random guitar notes floating around, I thought that I had been gravely mistaken.
Once we (as in: you and I) get past the first part of Heart Attack, we find that the record plunges into a grungy, almost trashy, style of guitar rock. It almost has a rebellious feel about it, very slow and a little bit maths-y. It's actually quite hard to put my finger on just one band that they sound like. I mean, Porch are basically a supergroup, and the fact that they're headed by Todd Huth didn't really keep too much of what could be on the record a secret. Is it a little bit The Dillinger Escape Plan-ish? Maybe. Some Nirvana thrown in for good luck? Yep. Possibly even some Weatherbox? Hmm.
As you move on through the album, you find that you're paying much more attention to each element of the songs, rather than just listening to them in the background. They're all really good sounding tracks and I'm almost certain they use no added electronics in their music - it's just three guys and their instruments jamming until they find something that sounds listenable, I guess.
It would be very difficult for me to rate this record anything other than very good, it isn't perfect, because nothing is, but it does allow you step back from whatever's going on in your life and just relax and listen to some grungy/maths-y/indie/rocky music for a bit. It's a solid record, and I think that it's a great legacy to leave alongside the three band members' previous musical ventures.
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