A powerful head-on collision of noise, Deafbrick is the kind of brilliant collaboration album you don’t know you need until you hear it. A creative meeting of the psychedelic, damaged punk of Brazilian band Deafkids and the overdriven synth riot of London duo Petbrick, each band acts as a multiplying factor for the other’s aesthetic.
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Sao Paulo's own Deafkids released one of 2019's stand-out noise rock albums, the vicious and visceral 'Metaprogramação'. What a tantalising prospect, then, that they've teamed up with London's own Petbrick, another group of snotty racket-makers, for a collaboration: the appropriately named 'DEAFBRICK' (geddit?).
I'm having a hard time deciding whether this is a noise rock album or a power electronics album. Each genre shares hallmarks such as fast tempos and heavy distortion, but ‘DEAFBRICK’ (really loving those caps) walks a fine line between both, inhabiting its own space. The potent brew of blastbeats, distant calls to war, and dense arrangements mark this out as a really interesting, original LP that forever oscillates between the vigor of guitar music and cold intensity of electronic music.
The album is full of bangers, from the tense seethe of opener ‘Primeval I’, to the monolithic ‘Free Speech To The Dumb’, to the vigorous and energetic ‘Mega-Ritual’ which is dark and evil-sounding but also manages to be boisterous and full of whimsy, I’m not quite sure how. Each song is chockablock with skittering hi-hats and full of those squeezed, squashed electronic kicks that get me real hot under the ruff.
Though this album’s all-out energy and demonic spirit are hard to match with any current artists, there’s still the odd similarity to such noisy luminaries as Venetian Snares. There’s a sense of fun and excess that comes with the best heavy music, and this is something that ‘DEAFBRICK’ has in spades.
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