1.6 Band "The Checkered Pasts of All Kings Present" 7"Posted on Tuesday, May 25th, 2010 @ 5:34am » permalink
I was unfortunately late to finally checking out the 1.6 Band (who originally called it quits way back in 1993), as it was just within the last two years that I picked up and was thoroughly impressed by their Gern Blandsten-released discography collection, "Broke Up". So imagine my shock when I learned that the band had gotten back together for some live performances, and was even releasing a new 7" on Metastasis Records!? The new material pretty much picks up right where they left off, with that hard-to-categorize foundation of hardcore roots (members have also been involved with Beyond and Die 116, among others) loaded up with quirky, technical riffing that flirts with everything from progressive to indie to noise rock. There are definitely some caustic, loosely chaotic elements to the guitar work and off-the-wall drumming, but there's also just the right balance of curious dissonance and odd melodic sensibilities. Combine that with vocals that aren't particularly aggressive at all, and the overall vibe of the material really shifts away from any pre-defined genres. It's awesome that well over a decade later these guys still have their own immediately recognizable aesthetic that remains unique compared to most of what's out there. Hopefully they'll keep working on new material, 'cause their killer musicianship and unexpectedly catchy songwriting never fail to grab my attention. Good stuff.
The band and label have been awesome enough to make the entire 7" available for free download, so you can grab the whole EP here:
That being said, physical copies of the 7" are available for a mere $5ppd in the US, so vinyl junkies and fans looking to show some support should absolutely pick one up.
Definitely track down the "Broke Up" collection as well if you like what you hear. Highly recommended!