March 28, 2014
March 21, 2011
Massively overlooked band that grew through the same period of 90’s ‘noise rock’ that was popularised by Helmet, Jesus Lizard, Shellac et al. In fact Craw share few similarities beyond the surface references, the nearest band I can think to categorise them alongside would be Season To Risk. Both bands favour strange time signatures, odd spoken/sung vocals & dissonant guitar lines.
‘Map, Monitor, Surge’ is their third album recorded by Steve Albini and Bill Korecky at Mars studio (Integrity/Ringworm) in 1996. This is the first appearance of Will Scharf (Keelhaul) on drums and he maybe accentuates their abuse of meter change and twisting song patterns. It is rare that any song part is repeated twice and any verse/chorus format is abandonned. It can be a disconcerting and difficult listen which is why they didn’t get much noteriety, their last album however was released by Hydra head in 2002 which was a profile boost. I detect some definite later Black Flag influence in the guitar lines on ‘Killer microbes devour Cleveland’ and the general ‘avant garde’ vibe. The Craw website had basically everything they ever recorded on it available for free download, unfortunately it seems to have gone kaput… so seek out their albums instead!
December 31, 2010
KEELHAUL must’ve been playing together now for the past 15 years. If you like instrumentally heavy ‘math rock’ and haven’t heard them them by now I don’t know what to say. The transition for this band from the 90’s to 00’s and still remaining intact today is impressive. Most of their contemporaries had fizzled out by mid decade, and of their peers only Knut or American Heritage are still delivering. This demo contains about half of the tracks that would become their first album, also ‘Ornamental Iron’ appeared later on as a 7″. It’s great stuff and recommended to anyone who likes more metal in their early DON CAB. They released an new album last year; ‘Triumphant return to Obscurity’ it rules so pick it up.
December 26, 2010
‘Masturbatory fantasies of middle-aged bureaucrats. Snappily-dressed throngs of fascists marching dutifully off a cliff, tumbling past doe-eyed unicorns who look startled for a moment but soon go back to grazing on four-leaf clovers and blue diamonds. Milk, toothpaste, orange juice, sriracha, garlic, and wasabi pancakes in a crystal geyser. Change for a six-dollar bill in seventy-cent increments.’
= SAVAGE INSTRUMENTAL MATH ROCK