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Coward – “Dragged On Asphalt” – [Idiopathic Records]


Pretty much what the title says. On this 2013 CDr the Los Angeles duo bring you one hour-long track of industrial guitar drone interplay, buzzsaw static and factory noises; and I listened to it all of it for you. The first ten minutes of torture are a little percussive (though not necessarily rhythmic) and the last twenty or so are on the minimal side, but otherwise it’s grade-A straightforward harshness built from feedback, delay, metallic scraping and much gain. When both guitars are ‘droning’ it produces an impressively thorny wall of sound; elsewhere one guy ‘drones’ while the other plinks out mutated melodies on prepared strings (this happens more frequently during the second half). There are no easy listening moments, and it’s hard to get through the whole thing, but it’s certainly not mindless noise. I think either it was to some extent composed, or the two players have a really natural musical rapport. How long can your privilege protect you from the horrors of real life? How long until you, too, are dragged on asphalt?

  • Reviewed by Lord Gravestench on April 15, 2014 at 8:22 pm
  • Filed as A Library,CD
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