Album Review

Titmachine – “We Build a New City ” – [Siltbreeze]

Thurston Hunger   9/23/2008   7-inch, A Library

Possible misgivings (artwork, band name, track titles worried
me this was a kitschy Journey tribute for some reason) were
quickly dispelled by the Siltbreeze imprint. Titmachine end
up being 4 ladies who’ve gathered in the Netherlands to tear
more at ears than libidos. DIY dirty dirge punk. Lead track
is actually a cover of a Palais Schaumburg song, screeched
in German. The vocal pattern takes on even more of a siren
(as in politzei, not argonauts) quality (up and down, up and
down) then the original which can be heard (and seen) here

On the flip, leader singer Jana pleads over a bassy death
march, that occasionally accelerates. As L.A. Drugs were
to Twisted Village, perhaps so are Titmachine to the
‘breeze? Punk pride in their unlearned approach, and that
instills insistence here, but ultimately will their
influences overshadow their Blare-y Witch-y treatment of
covers? I hope not…but right now I’m too busy digging
vintage Palais Schaumburg stuff.

-Thurston Hunger

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