Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Russian Baths - Brooklyn Noise Rock - Heavy Truths Not For The Faint Of Heart

Out on Good Eye Records - Brooklyn's Russian Baths produce biting noise rock. The depth of chaos is formidable and I found the sounds and insanity in the vocal performance to be at once exhilarating and anxiety producing. It is not for the faint of the heart. It is like a horror flick at times making your pulse race but the pay off is all worth it.

Hear / feel two tracks, Slenderman and What's Your Basement off their forthcoming EP Penance dropping officially February 23rd. This is a band that I want to see live next time I head up to the Big Apple. Russian Baths are Luke Koz (guitar, vox), Jess Rees (guitar, keys, vox) and joined by Evan Gill Smith (bass) and Jeff Widner (drums).

About What's Your Basement the band shared: "There was a man in Amstetten who hid a family with his daughter in a basement for 24 years. He said he always knew it wasn't right but allowed it to become a normal occurence. Rationalization is very problematic."

Dark stuff, indeed and so true. Us humans as creatures have a way of making the abnormal normal and history is full of exampes of dark, horrible things happening as a result. Hmmm? The song seems absolutely relevant today.
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Robb Donker


The track premiered on Decibel Magazine where the band shared, “There was a man in Amstetten who hid a family with his daughter in a basement for 24 years. He said he always knew it wasn’t right, but allowed it to become a normal occurrence. Rationalization is very problematic.”



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