Strangers and The Wrongmen…Posted on Monday, February 12th, 2007 @ 9:31am » permalink
From Action Man Records comes the latest output from New Zealand's Strangers (formerly known as Guest Stabs Host) in the form of this absolutely raging four-track CD-R demo, "Holding". The band's style is a curious blend of harsh, chaotic, dissonant metallic textures with an energetic backbone of fast-paced hardcore/punk rhythms – all fronted by blown-out shouting/screaming. And it's honestly more creative than that description might indicate, because these dudes pack a shitload of riffs into short, energetic compositions that just burst forth and never let up. You'll find everything from subtle hints of melody and grinding picking patterns to post-hardcore textures and sludgy/crusty levels of density, among other influences, and the songwriting totally kicks ass. Plus, the recording is solid and the packaging totally rules. The disc is housed in a simple six-panel sleeve printed with a sepia toned aesthetic on matte brown paper, with a clean layout and nice photography to boot. Hell, even the lyrics are fuckin' great:
I walked the wrong way home the other night and found a friend in the corner of a lane, wounded pride and gutterfucked in the rain. He was hungry and he followed me home. And I was overjoyed for I'd always been alone. Strangers. We saw the pain of life reflected in the light. Seraphs wandering doleful at no great height. Weeks had passed. He grew strong and I was loved again. But desperation! He'd want more but I had none, I saw frustration stir his stance, we parted ways, he took the food and I was left without. But it was fine for I was not alone. The next night I begged him not to let me starve. And he sneered and leapt and tore, all the while he laughed. So I lay bleeding with saliva on my throat. His shadow beckoned over me, and I thanked god for I hadn't died alone.
This shit is seriously fuckin' awesome, and I can't wait for a full-length. The demo's limited to 200 copies, and I believe most of 'em were sent out as promos, so… if you want one (and you should), don't sleep on it: