BASTARD NOISE/LACK OF INTEREST - Split
July 1, 2014, a year ago
(Deep Six Records)
It's been a while since I checked in with Man Is The Bastard/Bastard Noise HQ, so I was pleasantly surprised that Bastard Noise's output here is more musical than their less listenable power electronics. And not just that, but the weirdo experimental powerviolence/angular punk/grind features guest drumming from none other than Rich Hoak of Brutal Truth. So, wow, talk about making something great out of what is normally a chore to deal with, the songs exciting, unique, and totally adventurous. Sludge-y and not without the bass-driven weirdo noise-rock-gone-wrong sound that parent band Man Is The Bastard is known for, Bastard Noise have made something that is quite engaging... and it's been a long time since I said that. They continue to hold their position as the Nomeansno of powerviolence. Meanwhile, Lack Of Interest crank through 12 songs in under 10 minutes, their frantic, grind-y powerviolence (by way of hectic old crossover, like a heavier D.R.I. at their most punk) always a thing of much beauty. It's perfection, even when every sliver of every second of every song they've ever written sounds identical to the last. Hardly anyone does this style of the-mean-streets-of-Sesame-Street punk/grind better than Lack Of Interest, and here's 12 more reasons why. 27 minutes later, you're left thinking, man, that was one brain-bender of a split, two scene vets laying down what they do with incredible authority.