Some more raucous post-punk noise from New Zealand comes in the circular form of Against Friends & Lovers
, the debut LP by Auckland duo (and drum machine) The Bemsha Swing
(the Thelonius Monk reference is...well, unexpected to say the least). These guys have been killing it of late, scoring white hot support slots of the likes of Wire and Holy Fuck, and one listen to the record it isn't hard to see why. Abrasive patterns and beats, frenetic guitar hooks, blood-curdling screams and howls - it's steel wool to the ears, cleansed with a bottle of cheap vodka and a William Faulkner tome. Like a more industrial Die!Die!Die!, Against Friends & Lovers
takes no prisoners, and The Bemsha Swing should make waves come 2013.
Grab Against Friends & Lovers
through Muzai Records here
. It's good.
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