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Running – “Asshole Savant” – [Captcha Records]

surferrosa   6/25/2012   12-inch, A Library

This twisted trio out of Chicago deliver some hard and dirty noise punk covered in a thick layer of gritty grime. Distant, distorto-vocals leak through a wall of guitar fuzz and the relentless drawl of a drummer which does not seem to tire and always keeps the beat. These tracks are like short, demented assaults. Quick and to the point. Like being stabbed in the ear with a toothpick, but just for a second, and it feels kind of nice. Where is the mosh pit? This is going to make you wiggle. Its dense with abrasion, embracing the harsh nature of noise and the high energy tendencies of punk. Segues on this record are super quick. Take an eye off the grooves and you are guaranteed to miss the transition. I suggest letting the record spin and playing a couple tracks side by side. ??Inside the sleeve you will also find a one sided, orange colored flexi-disc B side. Yes, this floppy piece of plastic plays, containing a little under 3 minutes (at 45rpm) of warped and warbly, dirty-ass noise riffage. Go ahead and throw it on if you feel brave, but don’t be shocked if it craps out on you. Good luck! -Surfer Rosa

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