Pengo: File Under WTF??? LP (Carbon, 2019)

June 22, 2019 at 12:27 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Pengo: File Under WTF??? LP

Pengo are a longstanding free rock collective from Rochester, New York whose members are behind the label Carbon Records. This album title is fitting more because of how unstructured and unpredictable the band’s music is rather than the level of bizarreness. A lot of it sounds like simmering and smoldering, with rusty, buzzing guitars swarming and drums erupting at will. That said, there’s certainly some head-scratching moments. The craggy distortion that opens “Bumper Stickers” will probably catch you off guard, and the enthusiastic YouTuber sampled at the beginning of the second side, who freaks out over witnessing some sort of rare locomotion, honestly kind of annoys me more than anything else. The best track is probably “Doorway to the Sky”, the steady extended jam that ends the first side. The end of the second side, “Doctrine of the Flame”, is also pretty swell.

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