Prideswallower "Lifeswallower" CDPosted on Monday, January 7th, 2008 @ 6:37am » permalink
Yet another stellar outfit from Louisville, Kentucky is the extremely surprising Prideswallower, whose out-of-nowhere debut EP on Auxiliary Records, "Lifeswallower", cranks out six almost shockingly memorable tracks in about 15 minutes (and you'll notice a pattern here… all song titles also end in "-swallower"). Recorded using a handful of microphones and a Tascam eight track with another mic and Apple's Garage Band for the vocals, the production is, well… raw. And I mean fucking raw. Which is partly what makes everything so unexpected here, 'cause you pop the disc in and kinda cringe a little bit when you first experience the crudeness of the tones, but then you get a grip on the songs, man! The songs! You immediately adjust to the sound quality because every damn song on the EP is fuckin' oddly catchy! And great! It's just weird, you've got this crude, gritty recording of these songs that mesh hardcore/punk, post-hardcore, and grungy, rocked out Amphetamine Reptile noisiness, but literally every one of 'em is packed with just the right amount of energy, melody, and memorability, so… it's an absolutely awesome EP. I'm actually extremely impressed, and wish I hadn't sat on this one for so long. Excellent work.