Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Wax- Everybody Loses (2017)

Toledo's Sludge Punk Noise Rockers Wax are back with "Everybody Loses", a real fucking bummer of a title with hilarious artwork to go along with it. Yeah the music is great too. The EP opens up with Parts I & II of the title track. Part one kind of reminds me of something that's a cross between Black Flag's "Damaged" and their stuff off of Side B of "My War", but then they really kick it into fucking gear with Part II, which is the real gooey caramel center with nougat, and the rest of the EP is just as satisfying. There's been a recent trend to revive this sort of noise rock from the 90s. We've covered a few on this blog like Bummer and War Brides, and I think Wax fits in there with them as well. They've got some beefy caveman sized riffs though. I would say they get their Sludginess from the Melvins and their Noise from bands like Unsane. The music jerks you around, shaking you, with two big Neanderthal sized hands around your neck. Then it pummels you with said fists, while dragging you around in the fucking dirt. The artwork for this album, although snarky like the music suggests, is misleading only in its cutesiness, because that is one thing this music is not. It's brutish, dissonant, and abrasive. It's pretty straight forward in its delivery, and then its fucking over, so you'll want to play it again. I really did enjoy the mix on this. The bass really hits fucking hard, and it is kind of reminiscent of The Jesus Lizard. Overall, fucking check this shit out it's great! Cheers! -Samir

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