A Frames – “Black Forest ” – [Sub Pop Records]
Choppy noise-rock from Seattle trio. Up front is a deadpan singer who is also an amazing guitarist– slashing and precise. Behind that is some solid drum-pounding and a huge crunchy bass. They also toss in a few bits of drum machine for a more mechanized feel. Songs are about civilization gone wrong, especially our overtechnologicalization, which we are reminded will lead us inevitably to Armageddon. We’re on a train without an engineer and we’re hurtling toward oblivion. I saw a review describing these guys as making “fucked music for a fucked world” and that sounds about right. Track 10 is a tale of death aboard a wounded submarine (“‘voices screaming, sinking sinking, pressure building, lost propulsion, cabins filling?”) and somehow they make the damned thing almost catchy. Tracks are 1 – 4 minutes long and every one of them is too short if you ask me. Music full of hooks? the kind that’ll gouge you.
you heard it 20 times on kfjc! most recently:
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