RICKY HAMILTON WITH THE VOIDBOYS: Welcome 2 Hell: CS

Not at all what I expected from the cover art; I assumed this was another harsh noise project with a couple of oscillators plugged into cheap delay pedals, but instead I get some sort of artsy garage in the Flying Nun tradition. This is a weird but refreshing listen, like the Spits doing their take on Dinosaur Jr with some weird-as-fuck instrumentation that somehow never sounds gimmicky. I’ll bet these Cleveland weirdos are really into those fucked up Beach Boys albums where Brian Wilson was out of his mind but these guys can still write that hook (and for any interested readers, Surf’s Up is absolutely the best Beach Boys LP). The chord progressions are simple and the arrangements are pretty to-the-point but there’s something about every song on here that makes it a dense gem, worth revisiting. Definitely the best thing I’ve heard this month. –Ian Wise (Quality Time, [email protected])