Monday, November 14, 2011

tooth & claw

Here's a band that's kind of just popped out of relatively nothing and managed to build a good amount of excitement quickly. Idylls from Brisbane play a reasonably faithful take on spastic, noisy hardcore. They go on record to list off bands like Converge and Agents Of Abhorrence as influence. I'd immediately compare them to the former, the latter, not so much. This is their debut EP, "Amps For God/Plague Hell" 7". Black vinyl of some limited amount like 150. Pressed by Brisbane label Monolith Records.
So yeah as I said, Converge parallels are blatantly obvious. But for once they're interesting for a band of this style. What's different here is the low gain, heavy tone thing. I'm no muso so I don't know if that's the correct term to use, but in a nutshell, they're using a soft, non heavy/distorted tone coupled with the standard heavy structure and idea. With the recording/mix/mastering style that the bands guitarist Chris has used here, it works really well. Something a bit different from this city.
Very simplistic package. Plain sleeve with one side printed, and this small insert with all relevant notes etc. Artwork by an entity named Rainbath Visual, whom I'd never heard of before, but it turns out they've worked with some pretty well known groups including Wolves In The Throne Room and Deafheaven. Further research leads me to the name Reuben Sawyer if that means anything to you.
For a debut released with just about no notice, this is a great effort. They embarked on a pretty big east coat tour to support this thing a few weeks back, and they apparently have a double LP lined up for early next year, so I guess it's clear that these guys are not here to fuck around.

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