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Messthetics #8 [coll] – [Hyped 2 Death]

Thurston Hunger   2/24/2006   A Library, CD

Further excellence in excavating from Hyped-to-Death and Chuck
Warner. The letter “D” gets a definite and defiant A++. The
collection starts with four that are absolutely essential.
I love Robert Vasey’s guitar work on the verses of Dry Rib’s
“Alaska” and his singing fits perfectly, great bass work too
on that number; like Joe Jackson before the tux. The whistle
weirdness of the Dogmatic Duo’s chuggernaut “Up” ain’t none
too shabby either. Dogma Cats has a croony-ness that’s all
right; if you like that, make sure you catch Discount Chiefs
rug-cutting number, it’s from a similar, oddly sweet, cloth.
Devil’s Hole Gang seems to be filled with Buzzcocks, tight!
Need a snotty brit-teen rocking ennui & pessimism? You need
to be Disturbed. Want talent-show in a pub w/ cardboard drums
and a keyboard sounding like a bad calculator, dig The Dad.
The Diagram Brothers are one of the familiar names on here
“There is No Shower” is as angular as a decaying building.
Desperate Bicycles were on my list of art-punk bands to
track down, sadly this is their late debut to KFJC w/ two
crucial cuts…the second is a DIY anthem in excelsis.
Thangst for the Angst!! -Thurston Hunger

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