An Order Of Thick Garage Fuzz
I’ve had some experience with Portland’s own Eat Skull a few years ago with an album called Wild And Inside. I was just first dipping slow toes into noise rock at the time and it seemed to fit the bill. I thought I knew what I was in store for with III.
Either things are a little different than I remember or Eat Skull’s changed a bit in the four years between records.
If you’re not familiar with the band, Eat Skull is a greasy, dreggy noise rock outfit saturated in lo-fi fuzz. Two of the founders of the band were also members of the hardcore noise rock band The Hospitals.
III takes a poppier approach, scrapes away most of the fuzz, and delivers a very different, more accessible experience. Maybe that was the goal?
Rob Enbom’s vocals are well above the mix now, raw and unadulterated, unconcerned about hitting every note and occasionally sounding like they’re cracking the mixer’s headspace.
The only real complaint comes in the length and the lack of variety. The sense of cool urgency on the opening track dissolves and dissolves before getting picked back up on the album’s closer.
Favorite tracks are pretty much completely contained in the first half of things. “Space Academy’s” awesome, crunchy build up is noteworthy. “Dead Horses” weirdly emulated Rolling Stones vocals definitely stands out. The odd and strangely pretty “How Do I Know When To Say Goodnite” excels with a cool beat and sweeping lo-fi synth pads.
1. Space Academy 4:52
2. Dead Horses 2:34
3. How Do I Know When To Say Goodnite? 3:49
4. Your Hate 1:54
5. Stupid Moon 3:45
6. Twin Sikk Moons 2:29
7. They Burned You 2:10
8. Summer Inside 2:05
9. Amnesty Box 1:56
10. Catch Em Before They Vanish 5:06
Like I said and said, I came into this expecting Eat Skull. Still, III is competent and cool, switching the aim of the lo-fi elements onto something different (those flutes in Twin Sikk Moons rule). I’m interested to see where they take things next.
Give Eat Skull a look over at Last.fm