SLUMP: Flashbacks from Black Dust Country: LP

May 27, 2020

I want to like this album, but there’s something that’s not connecting. Slump play what some are calling “psych punk,” but I hear more of a late-1980s, early-1990s Touch & Go vibe mixed with Spacemen 3 and some Rational Animals, who were from just a few years back. The playing on here is tight, and I get the sense they are incredibly loud live, but the truth is these songs don’t necessarily rock out like they should. You can bury your tunes under all that white noise and distortion, but if the music isn’t rocking there’s no saving it. As it is, these songs have potential, but for now they just lie there and are instantly forgotten. –Matt Average (Feel It,