DEADBEAT / BOAK: Split: 7”

Aug 16, 2017

Putting this on—Deadbeat (Los Angeles) and Boak (Aberdeen, U.K.)—involved forcing a hole in my personal brick wall which automatically goes up when new powerviolence/grindcore/fastcore blips on my radar. That being said, Deadbeat’s twenty-four second opener, “Enemy,” grew on me as did Boak’s second track on side B, “Bath Salts.” The former is just short enough to get it and just long enough that you don’t feel cheated out of something, while the latter suddenly gets just the tiniest bit sludgy about a minute in. Again, just enough to satiate and make sure you don’t walk away feeling empty. –Nicole X (To Live A Lie)