I recently had the fortune of experiencing firsthand some of what the Chondritic Sound label has to offer at the kickoff for their summer tour. Recollections of Shredded Nerve and Redrot’s performances are burned firmly into my synapses, not only for their sheer volume and depth of exploration, but also for the level of performance at which each act continues to operate. This was especially evident during the collaborative set with Brad Griggs and Breaking the Will, wherein each artists’ respective style manifested itself in such a physical manner that it seemed almost athletic.
"Apparition" - Civilized
"Without Grace Or Glory" - Hand of Dust
The title track Hand of Dust’s EP Without Grace or Glory tows along at the languid pace of a funeral procession, albeit a determined and stoic one. Fittingly, the song also takes on a militaristic tone as vocalist Bo Høyer Hansen laments “I’ll see you fall you’ll answer the bullet’s call/without grace without glory/a face without a story,” solidifying the notion of the anonymity of mechanized death.
Iceage have expressed their love for American artists like Bruce Springsteen before, but the Copenhagen band’s newest joint doesn’t have any precedent whatsoever within the band’s catalog or even any of their Posh Isolation brethren.
"The Lord’s Favorite" comes across as a straight up riff on American country music, and showcases some of the band’s more fine-tuned lyricism that began to reveal itself on You’re Nothing, this time set against a much less chaotic backdrop.
"Black Out Charge" - Known Abuser
Well I’ll be, it looks like Aaron from the Repos/Ropes went and formed himself a new band called Known Abuser.
"Back for Good" - Looks of Love