Don Howland: Life is a Nightmare LP (12XU, 2015)

December 6, 2015 at 5:31 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Don Howland: Life is a Nightmare LP

Don Howland: Life is a Nightmare LP

Second solo LP from a former member of Bassholes, Gibson Bros, and a bunch of other bands. Really distorted, trebly lo-fi rock that seems to have some sort of country blues influence but mostly just sounds like noisy lo-fi rock. Lots of reverb on the vocals, but they’re still way behind the guitar (and so are the drums/drum machine, and keyboards). Very difficult to discern the lyrics. I’m guessing they’re probably not very happy, based on the titles. Reminds me of Country Teasers/The Rebel, even though it doesn’t sound like them/him (actually “Never Win” kinda does), but if you’re into grouchy, noisy lo-fi rock like that, this could be of interest to you. “Watch You Go” has more of a stomp to it than other tracks. More than anything I just really like the album’s title, and the music fits pretty well. If you can identify with this type of fuck-everything racket, it’s up on Bandcamp.

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