Pusher "s/t" CDPosted on Tuesday, November 20th, 2007 @ 8:38am » permalink
I knew absolutely nothing about this band prior to popping this disc in for the first time, but seeing that it was released by Auxiliary Records was a good sign, and when you combine that with the disc's killer packaging (one of those little chipboard envelope "arigato pak" things, complete with four-color screenprinting that's heavy on the metallic silver ink) I had a feeling this was gonna be some good shit. The label's website refers to the release as "the much sought-after unreleased full-length from Pusher, featuring Steve Sindoni (Breather Resist), Matt Jaha (Coliseum), and Eric McManus (Lords)", which gives you a bit of background as well as informing you that the band is sadly no longer around, but… full-length? No. The disc's 11 tracks barely pass the 12-minute mark, so… we're talking full-blown EP here. Full-length? Not even close. Only one track beats two minutes, and it's basically an outro consisting of a lone drum beat underneath various feedback noises and such. Thankfully, however, the prior 10 tracks blaze through a frantic and grinding form of hardcore/punk that's tight and energetic (vocals = excellent) while also tactfully loose and noisy – not to mention perfectly recorded given that stylistic balance. There's a pretty good range of influences going on, so the band was kind of operating in one of those "familiar yet inventive" spaces, which I tend to find pretty impressive… so this is yet another high-quality release from the stacked deck of the Louisville scene. Nicely done, and a damn shame the band couldn't keep it together for more than a few months!