YOU AND ALL YOUR FRIENDS ARE DEAD: Self-titled: CS

May 23, 2018

You And All Your Friends Are Dead is an experimental powerviolence band that draws from noise, hardcore, and grind influences. The faded and enigmatic cover of the cassette represented the music well. This release was effectively thirteen tracks of dirty punk music condensed into eight songs. Strict demarcations between the songs were a bit tough to pinpoint for me, but the release is quite the trip. “Crime Pays When Nazis Cry” kicked the album off with some pretty catchy distorted guitars over tormented vocals. The next few tracks continued in this vein until some bizarre and unexpected melodies crept into the mix around the middle of the tape. Muddled together with the fast and (pleasantly) monotonous riffs found throughout the release, the concoction between these haunting synths and grindy instrumentation was disorienting and heavy. The vocals remained mostly consistent over the simplistic (yet appropriate) drumming on the record, generally emotive and slightly grotesque. This thing is really good, and fans of powerviolence, hardcore, and experimental could probably get behind it. –Anna Farr (Vomit Burger, thevomitburger.com)

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