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Fruitless, Self Absorbed, Pathetic. Not our words - this is how Leeds power duo Soft Issues describe their eponymous debut EP. These five tracks are an exercise in hellectronics if ever we heard one. Ear-splitting synth malfunctions, great waves of digital distortion and all manner of wails, screams and moans from vocalist Chris Robinson. It’s great, obviously.

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Soft Issues EP by Soft Issues
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8/10 Ant 12 December 2018

Ok, so this cassette EP isn’t new, but we just scored some at a show and wanted to share it. It’s a brutal assault of jackhammering, skull-splitting beats, power electronics and disgusted vocal berating/ranting. Think Whitehouse/Consumer Electronics schooled explosive racket on demolishing opener ‘BDC’. ‘Radiator Paint’ rains down corrosive acid rain while the visceral/cathartic vocals sound truly disturbed/disturbing. ‘The Thrill of Seeing Your Friends Fail' offers some respite from the previous pummeling with its deep droning subs and distant spoken word. ‘Degloving’ gets back at it with spurting machine gun/war zone noise and disorientating nauseous synth. ‘Hetchell’ begins with an eruption of Merzbow like digital scree before receding into a vacuum of emptiness where we toil momentarily in self-pity while things gently simmer - f/x laden vox become walls of sound and gradually come to the boil, reaching a peak of pure alienation.

If you dig harsh noise then this comes highly recommended - listening is kinda like taking a beating. After listening, it still lingers - like to trying recompose yourself after a punch to the face and the somehow satisfying, slightly salty taste of iron as your tongue reaches out to lick the trickle of blood gently weeping from your nostrils. Check if you dig the sonic pandemonium of the aforementioned artists as well as very early Prurient.



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