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Daughters – “S/T” – [Hydra Head Records]

surferrosa   7/11/2012   A Library, CD

Daughters have been active since around 2002 and this self titled album (2010) looks like it will forever remain their most recent release. Wipe those tears away, these guys went out with a bang, and apparently this was a good place to stop, as singer Alexis Marshall has been quoted saying that this cd “Airs on the side of the suspiciously commercial”. This album has a much more heavily produced, polished,accessible sort of sound compared to their earlier stuff. Its not quite as raw, lo-fi and generally out there. The electronics here, while by no means dominating, are also certainly more prominent than before. But that being said, what you have here is a solid piece of angular, spastic noise rock with metal tendencies. Occasionally mathy, always heavy and saturated with distortion, rumble and drive. Marshall’s vocals have this great sort of drawl to them, he almost sounds like a super angry redneck. The music here remains jagged and energetic. Perhaps not quite as dirty, but still fully awesome. This will make you speed on the freeway. -Surfer Rosa

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