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Synthetic ID – “Impulses” – [Castle Face Records]

Thurston Hunger   5/29/2016   A Library, CD

Tight SF punk four piece. Shouty vox from Nic Lang and
grindy guitar from Jake Dudley fit/spit well together.
Post-PIL thrills, that then collide nicely with a
brotherly rhythm unit of Will and Paul Lucich on
drums and bass respectively. For some reason I suspect
Paul as a closet power-pop fan. Often his basslines
are a bit peppy for the sound and lyrical visions of
elusive dreams, “ciphers-missing words”, “throwing
shadows, casting doubts.” Abstract anger is an
energy. Dudley’s guitar-work is well-manicured, gets
a little slippery and nice on “Is the Day Done?”
Usually it’s built on glass-chip lines and slashing
chords. Some synth flickers through on “Silhouettes”
and “Replacement Parts” and “Forced Exhalations.” Those
titles alone capture the band’s flair for alienation.
Lucid nightmares with that crack Lucich accompaniment.
By any means, stay punk, pony boy. -Thurston Hunger

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