HEALTH PROBLEMS: Counterproductive: Cassette

You know that school of bands that studied up on their Butthole Surfers and AmRep, with crazy, shirtless singers down in the audience actively fucking with the crowd? So do Health Problems, who I’m guessing have posters for Pissed Jeans hanging on their wall. I’m a huge fan of stuff like this even if there’s nothing new added to the equation, which is not the case here, although the addition is subtraction. There’s no guitar player on Counterproductive, just a bass player who deftly navigates the space between taut leads and fuzzed-out dementia as the drummer makes it sound easy to construct and maintain a heavy, seamless pocket even in the middle of occasional wacko math histrionics. Fantastic stuff. 

 –Michael T. Fournier (Hanged Man)