GROSS POLLUTER: The People Get… What the People Get: LP

May 28, 2020

It has been a long, winding road of transformation for the legendary Smogtown to become Gross Polluter (a tale detailed in Razorcake #114). With a handful of EPs over the last few years and members coming, going, and coming back, the release of their debut full length album shows it’s clear that everything has finally locked into place. I mean, of course they sound like Smogtown. How could they not? The thing is, they manage to sound different at the same time. Young aggression morphs into experienced discontent. Snapshots of the sun-baked Southern Californian suburban nightmare are still presented with the shocking clarity that we have come to expect, but with a new and often unsettling perspective. It isn’t just the lyrical content painting these portraits. Have you ever wondered what suburban decay and late stage capitalism sounds like? It’s Gross Polluter. The menacing groove, occasional keyboards and stabby, slashy guitars immediately bring forth the soundtrack to this soft launch apocalypse that we are wandering through. Get polluted! –Ty Stranglehold (Garage Rock)