THIS LITTLE UNDERGROUND
Writing about punk rock
can sometimes get a little rote. There are only so many adjectives available to split the microscopic hairs that result from an infinite amount of retreads at combing an often narrow swath of music. But Goner Records
(July 13, Will’s Pub) evade many of the genre’s typical molds and, in so doing, reinvigorate the form.
The fearsome foursome from Memphis blisters with a full-frontal punk attack.
A lot of bands would’ve and have settled there, and these intent ladies could’ve and been perfectly respectable. But their impact is more than just basic gut immediacy. Their pounding abandon peels your face, but their dark electronic tones
and atmosphere linger, adding penetration to the punishment. It’s music that’s as aimed at the head as it is the viscera, a freaky psych-punk vision
that distinguishes Nots in a very crowded class.
Effectively furthering the psychotic tenor was Orlando trio Manic and the Depressives.
As their mental name suggests, their brand of punk rock is a straight dose of raging neurosis. It’s a tightly wound assault that’s all nerves
like an impressively concentrated breakdown. And it’s one of the more distinctive punk sounds rising from our streets.
With some heady and crazed atmospherics of their own, Orlando punks Tight Genes
rounded out the strong all-local support cast with another solid blast of their snotty, heat-seeking juggle of humor
This Little Underground is Orlando Weekly's music column providing perspective, live reviews and news on the city's music scene.
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