Zebra Attack, the – “Lightweight Into Earblocking.. ” – [Soundexploder Records]
Santa Cruz-area trio lays down some unsubtle, noisy rock. Heavy, ringing guitar, pounding drums, lethargic tempos, and lots of fuzzy feedback. Pretty sure these kids have heard a few Sonic Youth records; two of the songs even have “Sonic” in their titles. A couple of times I also heard hints of the Stooges somewhere in the mix. I’m a sucker for loud art-sludge, so I’m all over this. Track B2 is a bit different from the others, being a strange atmosphere piece dripping with crazy psychedelic effects. The record is not very well-recorded, but it’s a respectable effort from a new band and a young label.