HUNCHBACK: Pray for Scars: LP

Sep 30, 2008

I wasn’t immediately taken in by this very noisy NJ band when I first heard them via a two-song 7”, but this full-length has my interested piqued. The songs vary stylistically, but are ultra noisy and complex. There’s a folk punk undercurrent to counterbalance the experimental noise, but this is still on the less accessible side of punk. The dual female and male vocals are pretty on some of the tracks, and downright eerie on others. Judging by the entertaining interview they did with Joe Evans III in Razorcake #42, Hunchback definitely has a sense of humor about how fucking absurd they are. Despite being a vinyl snob, I don’t have a turntable in my car like Elvis did. So I appreciate the fact that this LP follows the much appreciated trend of LPs coming with full CD versions as well. I still don’t “get” Hunchback, but I think that’s part of the point. It’s rough being a punk simpleton sometimes. 

 –Art Ettinger (Don Giovanni)