Absent Minded Professors – Lava Lamp – Audio

The US sludge trio Absent Minded Professors released the EP Songs From the Attic earlier in the month.

Absent Minded Professors

Absent Minded Professors

A four track release (available on bandcamp) that fills the the room with hanging baskets of moss from which the sounds drip akin to an aural depiction of Knudsen diffusion.

My selection, from an EP of munificence, is the closer Lava Lamp.

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J. Ryan Daniel – Felony – Audio

J. Ryan Daniel is a US sludge creator.

J. Ryan Daniel

J. Ryan Daniel

The latest track to appear, Felony, is an approaching nine minute doom laden darkness that clogs the synapses with a sound that reminds of squelching through a swamp in which the listener becomes stuck-fast by its hypnotic revolving beat.

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BRUCE! – BRUCE! THE EP – EP Review

I can’t ever to fail to mention the trade-mark capitalisation by the Australian band BRUCE! every time I write about them – but there it is – and BRUCE! THE EP which came out this week is something to shout about.

BRUCE! - BRUCE THE EP - artwork

BRUCE! – BRUCE THE EP – artwork

The four track release is all over in nine minutes of sharp elbows. Opening with SHAPES AND NUMBERS which hurtles through the room in a visceral snarl of dramatic drops and beats which exemplifies how BRUCE! is able to deliver thumping raging compositions within a tightly woven frame.


CAPTAIN is an anthemic commentary on the blind faith of societal collectivism with a roaring landscape of percussion and bass which require the speakers are turned even louder.

SLUDGE takes nearly fifty percent of the running time coming in at four minutes twenty three seconds of diatribe towards structures and for its very poignancy is inevitably my pick of the release. With this track BRUCE! slow down the tempo, but are no less acerbic for that fact as they allow the music to kick against the morass of conformity.

Concluding with SHIT SELLS which is exactly as it describes – a repudiation of shallow lives in a blistering freneticism of chords.

BRUCE! THE EP (which is available on bandcamp with vinyl scheduled for late July) is a fascinating release which demonstrates the cohesiveness of the band, not only sonically, but politically as each track was written by a different member of BRUCE!.

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