Sunday, September 4, 2011

caught in the gears

No Faith are this new band from Massachusetts playing noisy/doomy/frantic hardcore. Members of Vaccine and other notable groups, this is another Killingsworth creation. This is their new tape, not actually referred to as a demo. 15 tracks that are to be appearing on a 12" vinyl version through Painkiller Records before the end of the year. This was sold recently at a handful of shows they did and I managed to grab it when they posted on VLV about a few left over copies. Sorted by Red Room Records.
Various people, including the band themselves, have described this as comparable to Vaccine but with more slow/doom bits. I'd say that the description wouldn't be far from the mark, this is practically Vaccine anyway, just with one different member. Matt McKeown's very nihilistic and hateful lyrics are as obvious as ever, as are his still very identifiable vocals, even under the layers of reverb and delay. The frenzied riffage apparent with practically 99% of the Vaccine stuff is very prominent here when the band decide to get loose too, and it's made very familiar by the similar tuning/recording style that they use. Obviously what sets this collective apart is the slow bits, the arguably more doomy/rough recording, and the bouts of noise and feedback that pop their heads up here and there. There's a couple outright tracks that are devoted totally to noise and drone.
The A side of this tape was released properly online by the band themselves back when I was in the UK. One note they made at that point was that the product they were previewing had yet to be mastered. Listening to this tape version though, I must say that this final product isn't vastly different to before. This version does possess a slightly lower low end, but that may just be down to the nature of the format, I'm not too sure. I did question how mastering could improve the mix at the time though, because it sounded pretty good then, as it does now. Maybe they decided that it was more than acceptable how it was, and that it didn't need too much work.
Simple packaging. Black, screened cassette, stock matte j card insert with a stapled paper booklet. Clean and tidy.

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