TENEMENT: Bruised Music: Singles 2006-2009: CS

I wish I knew Tenement’s secret. They write enough stellar music for two or three bands. (Their latest, Predatory Headlights, is a twenty-five song double album that took three years to complete!) Bruised Music is a collection of Tenement’s earliest demos, and they sound so damn confident right out of the gate. There’s isn’t a single dull hook across these ten tunes. In fact, “Best and Worst of Times,” “Sitcom Moms,” and “Spaghetti Midwestern” still stand out as some of their best. Although the production is cleaner than Napalm Death and Predatory Headlights as the drums are upfront and the vocals are crisp, singer/guitarist Amos Pitsch blankets the songs with his distinct feedback and audacious fuzz solos for the right amount of grit. It’s incredible that Tenement can arrange an excellent full length from early recordings. That’s a testament to their raw talent and proof that their albums will withstand the test of time. 

 –Sean Arenas (Dead Broke, deadbrokerekerds.com)