SOMATIX: Weapons of Mass Distraction: CS

After singer Mary Chakhtoura’s band Ratbite broke up, they left a void in Seattle anarcho/crust scene. I always liked them because they danced in the margins between anarcho and punk. So it’s awesome to see her back making aggressive female-fronted music. Somatix has a serious sense of urgency to their songs; they play tight, fast, and angry. In a lot of the tracks they demonstrate these amazing buildups that transition to hardcore breakdowns and then again into a few measures of total thrash. The vocals scream by in quick succession with just the right amount of reverb to make them sound a bit paranoid. From the first bleed out of guitar feedback to the last pummeled drum beat, I love every bit of this demo. My only wish would be for a lyric sheet. For the most part, Mary’s sing/shout style is clear and easily discernible, but when every instrument is blaring through, it gets a little difficult to pick out the words. Yeah, this rules. I can’t wait to see them play. –Kayla Greet (Self-released)