Following on from last year’s Faux Discx self-titled cassette-only E.P, Housewives join Blank Editions to deliver two tracks of brutalist post-punk.
Opener ‘New Dance’ is 1 minute and 33 seconds of sonic assault that brings to mind the nervous marriage of disco and no-wave pioneered by the New York scene of 135 Grand Street, while Side B’s ‘Time She Stopped’ flaunts a degenerative collapse of all things resembling structure as the volatile dismantling of the record pulses out to a close.
One of the most thought-provoking political albums I've heard - the power mechanisms being critiqued are always just out of view, implied through seemingly overheard conversations and oppressive, claustrophobic electronics. A direct line could be drawn from punk to this via Swans' Soundtracks For The Blind, except here the anger of punk is completely dissolved into apathy and powerlessness. This is the perfect soundtrack to the modern political landscape. Lazarski
GNOD make NOISE; a churning scree of incandescent tumult that feels less like rock 'n' roll than an anonymously delivered pummelling to the head and guts in some dark alley late one Saturday night. GNOD's is a singularly British noise too. Yes, there are vague nods to early Swans but only a band playing in the ruins of what Cameron et al have done to this once green and pleasant land could raise such a conflagration as "Mirror". Whatever your musical taste, you need this album in your life immediately. No ifs, buts or maybes. Niccolo Brown