Monday, 26 January 2015
Bloated Subhumans - Vessels
Review by Brayden Bagnall
Genre/s: Noise Rock, Harsh Noise, Power Electronics
For Fans Of: Rectal Hygienics, Brainbombs, Twin Stumps, Billy Bao, Rusted Shut
If, like me, you're always itching for the sort of music that sits squarely in the middle of a noise vs actual music Venn diagram, I've totally got something for you.
Bloated Subhumans is a solo project that combines repetitious, crushing noise rock with vicious static walls and shrill arcs of electronic noise. Thick bass lines accompanied by super washed out, mumbled vocals are layed out on top of walls of distortion with programmed drums plodding away in the background, somehow keeping it from collapsing in on itself. The surges of harsh noise are done perfectly, and never overshadow the more 'musical' components of each track, and instead add a whole new level of grime and texture to the mix. Vessels is definitely a case of 'less is more', but it's done tastefully and in a way that lends the three tracks a menacing, apathetic vibe while not losing its appeal after the first few minutes.