May 23, 2017

It’s rare to hear a cassette that doesn’t cleave more or less recognizably to one of the dozens of subgenres that comprise the world of punk, but Steamy Wolves has done something truly weird on this cassette. Exploring the dark netherworld between hardcore and electronic, the tracks are glitchy techno arrangements that lurch from flute or saxophone solos to industrial noise, set off by distorted screaming vocals. The cassette recalls the noise punk releases from the early 2000s from bands like Black Eyes and Arab On Radar, but the range is greater: sometimes borderline danceable with free jazz accents, sometimes borderline unlistenable with inexplicably groovy percussive accents. It sounds like a demonic robot who likes jazz is mad at you. Worth hearing if that’s your kinda thing. –Lyle (Self-released,