SEICHE: Demo Press: LP

In über-nerd collector circles, this one was a holy grail: only fifty copies of Seiche’s record were pressed. The story behind the band didn’t hurt any, either: these cats played a single show in their hometown of Chicago, recorded this demo, then broke up. Jackpot managed to finagle the rights to re-release it, and it’s a doozy. On first listen, you might not think so, that said: intro passages on some of these songs are ponderous acoustic affairs that made me wonder if this one was all hype. But! On a dime, the band shifts to noisy garage prog arrangements which sound like a cross between Cave In’s mathier numbers and the MC5’s garage stomp. Totally worth the effort. –Michael T. Fournier (Jackpot)