"The King" b/w "Electric Head" & "Rubbersnake"
If you head over to Dead Meat's myspace page, the band dubs their sound "reggae." If you hear their new 7," you'll understand why that's funny.
There was an immediate rush of nostalgia that sort of warmed my heart when I opened up Dead Meat's single, "The King," its Raymond Pettibon-inspired ink drawings evoking the excitement of opening up mail order packages from SST Records as an impressionable youth, subject to the visceral and irrevocable alterations those recordings would bring about. Thankfully, the expectations of its package garner results, the single reminiscent of the sort of analog-heavy six-string snarls that I remember hearing years ago: those gritty and broken notes that would act a presage to what would ultimately drive a crowd of bodies to move tantrum-like once the snare beat was enacted.
"The King"'s percussive build-up ultimately leads the song through a mass of dissonant mire that's bore through by vocalist Joe Santarpia's sullen yowl, lengthy vowels and held pronunciations eerily spoken and not necessarily sung. "Electric Head" has more of a rapid approach, amplified strums and cymbal-heavy rhythm cultivating a proper ALT-sound next to the one that bands like Bush persistently attempted to emulate to no avail. "Rubbersnake" is strange in that it seems like the snippet of an otherwise larger track, highly saturated riffs and emotional fortitude established with one verse, no chorus, no real bridge. It's good, but strange.
Along with the 7" comes a download code for Early Recordings, a digital-only offering that features iPod-ready versions of the single's three tracks. No turntable? You can buy Early Recordings separately.
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