Tuesday, May 31, 2005

stars & stripes whatever

Crawling out the middle hole of the US, Chicago's Coughs are a six piece band with kling-klang percussion from sheets of metal, snaking melodies crawling out of exotic instruments, and racy patter. So if you enjoy cacophony, hypnotizing polyrhythms, Deicide, Swans, Merzbow, Butthole Surfers, picnics in the park, and/or intemperate discomfort than consider a new choice for your finicky lifestyle.

Providence Rhode Island's White Mice are a three piece (bass, drums and oscillator) that generate enough round and square wave tones to bring a bonanza bus of nuns three feet (.91 m) off the ground. Combining the menacing (kinda slouched) posture of black metal with blistering oscillator attack is nothing new, but White Mice bring the game to your hometown. The band does dress like lab butchered white mice when playing live.

Mind you trainspotters looking for the RIYL attack: Load says Brainbombs and Melvins, and similar riffraff but with a different toolset mind you. Churning oscillator attacks, belly-bustin' bass, and demonic wails … rock music rewired for a generation punch drunk on its own fart fumes.

The Coughs new album, Fright Makes Right, and White Mice's ASSPhIXXXEATATESHUN are out now on Load Records, straight outta Providence, RI!

the Coughs - Penal Colony
the White Mice - White Mice


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