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Cock E.S.P. – “Pride of North American Noise, The” – [Breathmint Records]

Louie Caliente   8/14/2016   A Library, CD

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Complete fucking destruction, as usual. Screaming, squealing, static stabs. Pure sonic sadism.

“Pride of North American Noise” captures the band’s sound in 2000-2001, just after Elyse Perez (of Laundry Room Squelchers) joined the testosterone-heavy duo of Emil Hagstrom and Matt Bacon. Many of the tracks were recorded live in Norway, Germany, Switzerland, and South Florida, and feature a variety of guests, including Weasel Walter on Clarinet and Rat Bastard on Violin.

The album clocks in at only 20 minutes, and most tracks are under a minute. The longest is track 17, a bizarre 5-minute club mix by V/VM featuring cheesy 80s synths and sax lines accompanied by cheering crowds and a cacophonous collage of Cock ESP live sets.

FCCs: 3, 16.

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