noise rock

Here And Nowhere Else

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

Surrender To The Fantasy

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

Heavy Minerals

Artist: 
Knotted Cord
Label: 
self-released

To preface, this album came with a leaflet that pretty much does my job better than I could ever fathom; check that out. So I’ll just piggy-back off that and sprinkle my opinion in as needed. The band, Knotted Cord. The album, Heavy Minerals. It came described as indie, experimental, noise rock and psychedelic. That’s a solid description, but somewhat misleading. It’s not noise rock as in The Strokes, more like Black Moth Super Rainbow got mind control over Kim Gordon. Certainly not soothing at the beginning, Heavy Minerals does get into a groove starting at Opal.

Sounds Like: 
Black Moth Super Rainbow
Sounds Like: 
Sonic Youth-ish
Name: 
Ben Don
Date Reviewed: 
12/03/2013

Crimes Of Passion

Artist: 
Crocodiles
Label: 
Independent: Sue Rose Wagner (Los Angeles)

The album Crimes Of Passion by Crocodiles is the paragon of lazy summer rock. Its noisy, lulling tone puts the listener into a delightfully warm, sleepy haze; perfect for warm summer evenings. It’s a bit slow for the radio, in my opinion, but the fifth and eighth songs, in particular, would fit nicely in any show playing Lo-fi tunes; said songs are “Teardrop Guitar” and “Gimme Some Annihilation”, respectively, and are of a more slightly faster pace. If you like this album, look up Splashh (the two h’s are correct!).

Sounds Like: 
Splashh
Sounds Like: 
Bass Drum of Death
Sounds Like: 
Ringo Deathstarr
Sounds Like: 
Deerhunter
Name: 
Ben Don
Date Reviewed: 
09/20/2013

The Late Great Whatever

Artist: 
The Lovely Bad Things
Label: 
Volcom Entertainment

Despite being labeled "punk" The Lovely Bad Things sound is closer to that of garage rock or lite punk. With the album The Late Great Whatever, the bands' rock sensibilities are apparent as each track is just as hard hitting as the last. The band certainly packs a punch, but unfortunately the album falls into the category of generic garage rock, with little originality and only a couple of standout tracks supporting the album.

Sounds Like: 
Ty Segall
Sounds Like: 
The Fresh & Onlys
Name: 
André Pettman
Date Reviewed: 
04/17/2013

General Dome

Artist: 
Buke and Gase
Label: 
Brassland Records

General Dome is Buke and Gase's (formerly Buke and Gass) second full length album. The duo came to fame with the creation of their own instruments: the buke, which is an atypically small 6-string guitar, and a gase, a guitar/bass hybrid. While the creation of their own instruments deserves some praise, on the recording you are hard pressed to find any huge sonic differences between their hybrid instruments and their normal counterparts. General Dome is a solid album, with a smattering of memorable tracks mixed in with a few throw-aways.

Sounds Like: 
The Kills
Sounds Like: 
Metric
Name: 
André Pettman
Date Reviewed: 
03/03/2013

Uck Life

Artist: 
Paint Fumes
Label: 
Slovenly Records

Paint Fumes is their name, and playing paint fume-inspired garage/surf punk is their game. A lo-fi recording sound is featured on the entire album, hearkening to the days when three chords were all a band needed to make it big. While the formula is dated, the energy the band conveys through the album is as fresh as it gets. There isn’t much variety in the song structure (guitar and drums make a lot of noise, with yelps, growls, and howls aplenty), but there never has been in the genre.

Sounds Like: 
Hunx
Sounds Like: 
Spider Bags
Name: 
Jake Ramirez
Date Reviewed: 
02/27/2013

Eat Skull

Artist: 
Mile Me Deaf
Label: 
Siluh Records

The debut track on the debut Mile Me Deaf album Eat Skull, “Leaking Stuff”, sets the tone for the entire album. Featuring intricately layered synths, drums, fuzzy vocals and distorted guitars, Eat Skull does on their first album what many alt-noise groups spend entire careers dabbling in. Helmed by veteran underground composer, lyricist, and Swiss Army knife musician Wolfgang Möstl, Mile Me Deaf is the missing link between indie noise groups like Pavement and melodic hipster pop in the vein of Woods.

Sounds Like: 
Pavement
Sounds Like: 
Hockey Night
Sounds Like: 
Sonic Youth
Name: 
Jake Ramirez
Date Reviewed: 
11/07/2012

Year One Soundtrack

Artist: 
Black Mountain
Label: 
Jagjaguwar

 

Sounds Like: 
Phantom Family Halo, Pink Floyd (mach 2), A Place to Bury Strangers
Name: 
Jonathan Cohen
Date Reviewed: 
04/26/2012

Onwards to the Wall

Artist: 
A Place to Bury Strangers
Label: 
Dead Oceans

 

Sounds Like: 
Big Black, Joy Division, 400 Blows
Name: 
Jonathan Cohen
Date Reviewed: 
01/30/2012