Houston's Satin Hooks are a noise-punk band in the same sense thatLiar
-era Jesus Lizard and
-era Nirvana once were: torture-slurred, aggrevied vocals, gunk-gummed stop-and-start guitars that wanna beat you bloody while sneaking an earworm melody in under all the crunchy grit. The whole thing's over in just under three minutes, but leaves a lasting impression, from David Gomez's laser-focused, yet somehow imprecise,m drum fills to Lucas Gorman's inky bass rumble to Kerry Melonson's relentless, steel-cable axe slinging - dig that shredtastic solo showcase about two minutes in. Whew! Can somebody get these dudes a 7-inch in the Sub Pop Single of the Month Club, already?Newagehillbilly, "Housefucker cassette, Side B":
We'll nutshell it for y'all: minimalist tea-kettle whistle-hiss begets flattened, bup-bup electronic thumps begets tinkling-synth scales begets a series of severely distorted noise/drum detonations accompanied by what sounds like a desperate man grappling with either a) major intestinal problems; or b) serious personal demons begets some grizzly tone-warping crud. It sorta sounds like a Taylor Duepree demo being steadily devoured by an early Prurient album. Newagehillbilly is the non-de-plume of Baltimore's Alex Strama, who runs the
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label and is probably in more bands than anyone you know short of Richard Ramirez. Previous Newagehillbilly recordings have run the gamut from noise to harsh punk to electro-pop to you name it, but a pair of new releases - the Housefucker cassette and Arctic CD, both on MT6 - favor jams that hopscotch through various extremes of noise. Does FNN recommend? He does. Got some hot Texas noise tips - or, hell, any noise tips - for us? Hit us up with MP3s or Web site links - but not MySpace links, seriously, because we can't access those at work and at home every spare moment is spoken for - firstname.lastname@example.org