SBSM: Leave Your Body: CS

Mar 20, 2018

I literally gasped when I pulled this cassette out of my review box. SBSM are hands down one of my favorite bands I’ve ever seen but know little about. I saw them at a house party in Oakland in spring of 2016, and had a difficult time finding recordings online. The label aptly describes them as tender yet destructive. Leave Your Body starts with experimental industrial sounds set to pounding, tom-heavy beats before moving into grind that sounds like you’re listening from behind a cyber wall. Makes you wonder if you’re intruding on something you shouldn’t be hearing. Vocals often sound trapped—in a tornado or another realm—a beautiful audible metaphor for much of the lyrical content about strength despite enclosures, physical or otherwise. The drums move, finding beauty and groove in irregularity. Sometimes synths create a sonic bed for screams and other times they sound like scorpions and fire, traveling low and fast, contemplative and remorseless. Sometimes they are drills and hammers, sonic gates, and portals. Feedback carries prayers like sage into the great sonic unknown. I wanna say if you don’t get it, it’s not for you, but I don’t even know if it’s for me. Incredible. –Candace Hansen (Remote Outposts)