Now and again, music can turn you into a raving looney, especially when it is of the overdriven and thrashier variety. These songs hit that particular spot for me. I can’t be responsible for my actions.
We Versus The Shark open the proceedings with Hello Blood, a track of raw energy straight from the American garage, complemented by fantastic drumming.
The godfathers of math rock Don Caballero throw up the stupendously heavy instrumental Chief Sitting Duck, a song of breakdowns interspersed with blaring distortion, tricky riffs and punchy bass drums.
A tragic case of the ‘one decent album before fading into obscurity’ syndrome, Let’s Get Sandy (Big Problem) by Be Your Own Pet is a fifty-nine second punk romp from a fantastic album.
A band that will always split opinions but remain (in their original lineup) a love of my life, Rolo Tomassi have created in Beatrotter the perfect mix of genres, pandemonium and technique. The intro is absolutely bonkers, leading to a heavy breakdown that descends into a clever jazzy section with prominent synthesizer. Following this, a jarring tapped guitar riff plays call and response, joined by a huge sliding bass line and repeated snare hits. For me, this is close to perfection in terms of putting together a million ideas and creating one coherent song. It requires a good few listens to fathom what happened, but it is well worth anyone’s time.