BANDAGES: “All Extreme Measures” b/w “Tokyo Carwash”: 7”

Part of Sorry State Records’ North Carolina Singles Series, this two-song entry from Bandages serves as their long-awaited debut. One of several offshoots that grew after the disbanding of Raleigh hardcore heavyweights Double Negative, Bandages exemplify their pedigree without allowing their music to be hindered by it. This is hardcore, but hardcore rife with fascinating and often unsettling left-field flourishes. The spooky intro of “All Extreme Measures” paves the way for the guitars to occasionally transform into a UFO sucking the listener up into the air with its tractor beam. On “Tokyo Carwash,” their furious riffing pairs with the drums to form the aural equivalent of descending into a literal spiral of madness. A musical recreation of spinning until I lose my balance is something I didn’t know I needed, but now that I’ve experienced it, let me tell ya, it’s a fucking marvel. Fingers crossed that a full-length—or even an EP—is soon to follow! 

 –Kelley O’Death (Sorry State, sorrystaterecords.com)