Bands: HEADS. / Closet Disco Queen
EP: Split 7″
Label: Crazysane Records
Release date: 15 April
Sounds like: Doomed acid trip and hip shaking slam dances
Excellent news everyone, HEADS. have recorded some new music and they’ve brought a couple of friends along for the ride. Crazysane Records is the new project by HEADS. bassist Chris Breuer and this split with Closet Disco Queen, is the first release. At the production desk, Magnus Lindberg of owl-space-metal weirdos Cult of Luna makes everything sound gnarled, intense and bruising, whilst all chaos breaks loose (especially in Closet Disco Queen’s case).
I talked a bit about HEADS. last year, reviewing their brilliant debut album and video here – and it’s great to have them back on the scene. Straight away, that slithering trepidation is tangible -from the opening guitar strumming, to the creeping dread that replaces it. The drawl of vocalist Ed Fraser sounds almost hypnotic, it ranges from this contemptible guttural growl, to an ethereal chanting, blending excellently with the riff-coated sludge conjured by bassist Chris and drummer Peter Voigtmann. Strange that they named this track Soothe, as it’s quite the opposite; raw, abrasive and scratching – it switches from hesitant pauses to bludgeoning noise-rock at the flick of a switch, and the atmospheric swirl of chewed-up riffs and moody, lurching METZ-style noise-punk danger.
If HEADS. are the brooding misanthrope, then Closet Disco Queen are running about hugging everyone, sloshing beer everywhere. A duo from La Chaux-de-Fonds in Switzerland, they’re bringing the absolute party. Black Sorbet is a joyful barrage of instrumental rock that kaleidoscopes and corkscrews through a range of styles – from the posturing, muscle flex of the opening hard-rock pound (which has edges of a southern-metal twang), to the Karma To Burn-esque groove-drenched throwdown in the middle. This is high-fiving everyone through a surf-punk wave of air-guitar delight to the wicked-sounding prog-metal closing minute of delirious bravado. This has a real off-kilter, jam-session vibe to it, similar to Oxes – furious, fun and slightly silly, Closet Disco Queen pack a meaty punch alongside the morose angular noise of HEADS.
This 7″ split will be strictly limited to 222 hand-numbered copies (111 on clear and 111 on white wax) so if you want one, best get pre-ordering sharpish!
Watch the teaser vid below if you still need more reasons to get on this immediately: