Spray Paint: Dopers (Monofonus Press, 2015)

October 13, 2015 at 8:29 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Spray Paint: Dopers

Spray Paint: Dopers

I’ve seen this band at SXSW twice, and both times I was pretty amazed at how noisy, discordant and just plain off it was. I feel like this album sort of hints at what I saw live but it would be best to see them in person. Still, this recording shows how they construct steady grooves that are a little bit blown out, sideways, dissonant, etc. Early no wave-era Sonic Youth is a starting point for comparison’s sake, but these guys approach guitar sounds in a much different manner. I’d say “Signal Master” is the best track to start with to get an idea of this band’s sound. “Chris’s Theme” and “Anyone Else Want In” are each 6 minutes; the former is more steady and grooving, and it has a layer of synth, and the latter is faster (but still steady) and builds layers of noisy guitars at the end. “Thrash Master” is fast and short, but I’d hesitate to really call it thrash. Also, I really hope the song title “Voice Modulator” is a Best Show reference.

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