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    Synthetic ID – “Impulses” – [Castle Face Records]

    Tight SF punk four piece. Shouty vox from Nic Lang and
    grindy guitar from Jake Dudley fit/spit well together.
    Post-PIL thrills, that then collide nicely with a
    brotherly rhythm unit of Will and Paul Lucich on
    drums and bass respectively. For some reason I suspect
    Paul as a closet power-pop fan. Often his basslines
    are a bit peppy for the sound and lyrical visions of
    elusive dreams, “ciphers-missing words”, “throwing
    shadows, casting doubts.” Abstract anger is an
    energy. Dudley’s guitar-work is well-manicured, gets
    a little slippery and nice on “Is the Day Done?”
    Usually it’s built on glass-chip lines and slashing
    chords. Some synth flickers through on “Silhouettes”
    and “Replacement Parts” and “Forced Exhalations.” Those
    titles alone capture the band’s flair for alienation.
    Lucid nightmares with that crack Lucich accompaniment.
    By any means, stay punk, pony boy. -Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on May 29, 2016 at 11:35 am
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