CLEAN GIRLS: American Mothers: 12” EP

May 20, 2014

Like dormant spores from early Swans, Clean Girls have nurtured their strain of dark, dank basement noise to pair it with Metz’s anachronistic chord structure. Blend at 45 RPM and you have their second EP: four new tracks of noise screamo flailing and lurching from wall of noise to melodic feedback like Frankenstein’s monster. Meandering at times, tracks crescendo in unintelligible epithets and dive beneath waves of grungy guitar. Half the tracks come apart like an old sweater in the wash. “The Body You Want” has my vote for most thrash danceability built on the aforementioned feedback whine while tight, automatic gunfire drums in “Old Crow” focus the whole thing into a seething two and a half minutes of fuck you. Recommended. 

 –Kristen K. (Self-released)