noise rock

Artist: 
Guerilla Toss
Label: 
DFA Records

Before listening to Flood Dosed I wasn't familiar with Guerilla Toss' music at all. However, I came away from this short project pleasantly surprised and excited to hear what else they have in store for us. Their sound reminds me of Deerhoof in that there are like a million things going on but somehow it all comes together to sound really good. I was also getting some hints of a more melodic Kim and the Created at times during this project; it has that kind of in your face style, albeit with less screaming. 

Sounds Like: 
Deerhoof
Sounds Like: 
Kim and the Created
Name: 
André Pettman
Date Reviewed: 
11/10/2015
Artist: 
Shadow In the Cracks
Label: 
Goner

This is a side project of the band the Blind Shake. It’s their self titled debut album. It’s much more dark and psychedelic than their previous material. The baritone vocals and guitars create this post-punk/psych rock dark vibe. This record has a lot of reverb and distortion. It’s a good moody album to turn on really loud. Definitely worth a listen.

Sounds Like: 
The Blind Shake
Sounds Like: 
Acid Baby Jesus
Name: 
Daniel Clark
Date Reviewed: 
10/23/2015
Artist: 
Algae & Tentacles
Label: 
Lightning Records

Algae & Tentacles is the recording alias of the University of Arizona's own John Melillo. While he's been releasing music independently for about five years, this self-titled album is his first full-length solo release, and it's very clearly a fully-realized record. The first thing that jumped out to me about Algae & Tentacles is how great the distortion sounds throughout the album. This is undeniably a noise rock record, but it's a remarkably pleasant-sounding one.

Sounds Like: 
Lightning Bolt
Sounds Like: 
Sun City Girls
Sounds Like: 
Swans
Name: 
Jake Calegari
Date Reviewed: 
10/13/2015
Artist: 
Protomartyr
Label: 
Hardly Art

Protomartyr's The Agent Intellelect is filled with emotion, atmosphere, and just the right amount of loud. It sounds as if Protomartyr was drawing influence from Sonic Youth, No Age, and Twin Peaks. Joe Casey's vocals sound rough, yet have a soothing quality when complimented by the melodic guitars and chord progressions. The bass really fills the gap left between the guitar driven melodies and simple tempo set by the guitar.

Sounds Like: 
Parquet Courts
Sounds Like: 
Cloud Nothings
Name: 
Eric Heirshberg
Date Reviewed: 
10/02/2015
Artist: 
Deaf Wish
Label: 
Sub Pop Records

Deaf Wish's album Pain has some heavy punk and hardcore vibes and sometimes they turn into a straight noise band where you can't really distinguish what's what, but they also slow down to bring out their slightly softer post-punk side. Some of it's pretty dissonant which might take some getting used to at first, but definitely take the time to get acclimated to it. If you're into punk and other chunky, heavy, inharmonious sounds, you'll dig this. 

Sounds Like: 
Ausmuteants but waaaaay less synths
Sounds Like: 
Lower Plenty
Name: 
Molly Ragan
Date Reviewed: 
09/01/2015
Artist: 
Hookworms
Label: 
Domino

The Hum by Hookworms starts off with a killer track, that's love-if, punky, loud, and noisy and all round bumpin. Things slow down with Track 2, "On Leaving" (which is 6ish minutes by the way, but really good). Track 3, "iv" is one of the instrumental tracks on this album, the others being "V" and "vi". These instrumental tracks have long lo-fi guitar chords and some other bass and sounds added.

Sounds Like: 
Spaceman 3
Sounds Like: 
Mogwai (the instrumental bits of this album)
Name: 
Ali Shareef
Date Reviewed: 
11/19/2014
Artist: 
Tiger High
Label: 
Trashy Creatures Records

Inside The Acid Coven is the third album by Tiger High, whose self-described genre on Facebook is "Loud As Hell." These 4 Memphis rockers (Jake Vest, Greg Roberson, Toby Vest, and Greg Faison) have no shortage of catchy riffs and roaring vocals. Although Tiger High's sound isn't particularly innovative, especially compared to many of its contemporaries, like Ty Segall or Jacuzzi Boys, it is still very enjoyable to listen to.

Sounds Like: 
early Black Keys
Sounds Like: 
Ty Segall
Sounds Like: 
Jacuzzi Boys
Sounds Like: 
Bass Drum Of Death
Name: 
Emily Beiser
Date Reviewed: 
10/24/2014
Artist: 
So Cow
Label: 
Goner Records

"Get Down off That Thing" and "Say Hello" to So Cow's fifth album (That was a clever intro using song titles from the albu..nevermind). The Long Con is a pop-punky album with some noisy guitar stuff, and some indie rock thrown in. Tracks 3, 9, 11, and 13 sound just like what you'd expect pop punk to sound like. I think track 3 has like a recorder in it, like as in that thing we all played in middle school. It's slightly annoying but at the same time it totally works, so give it a listen.

Sounds Like: 
The Pastels
Sounds Like: 
Times New Viking
Sounds Like: 
Green Day
Name: 
Ali Shareef
Date Reviewed: 
09/24/2014
Artist: 
Cloud Nothings
Label: 
Carpark Records

Here and Nowhere Else is a product of the continuous momentum produced by Cloud Nothings' lead singer Dylan Baldi deciding to take his solo pop-punk unit to a full-sized band before their last LP. Since then, nothing has been released under their name but fantastic noisy, scratchy, punky garage rock. This album maintains their signature grisly sound, with a seeming effort to negate the belief that rock n' roll has to always sound so "pleasant." However, Here and Nowhere Else is basically always pleasant.

Sounds Like: 
Japandroids
Sounds Like: 
The Men
Name: 
Tatum Schranz
Date Reviewed: 
04/06/2014
Artist: 
Magik Markers
Label: 
Drag City

Magik Markers are pioneers of the noise rock genre, and getting freaky is their specialty. This record will have you wading through tidepools of murky sounds, seemingly random, but always groovy. They approach music in a laid-back way, with a bass guitar usually picking a simple riff and the guitars wandering around improvisatorially behind mystical sounding lyrics. In many ways, I think Surrender To The Fantasy signifies the end of Magik Markers as we know them.

Sounds Like: 
Bardo Pond
Sounds Like: 
Dinosaur Jr.
Sounds Like: 
Way of the Cross
Name: 
Jakub Safar
Date Reviewed: 
12/10/2013