Pissart Records: Spires – Flowers and Fireworks CD – Out Now!
Ricecooker’s short review: SPIRES is a post-hardcore quartet from the depth of Oakland, California and the band is brutal, I kid you not. There are a lot of different strains of hardcore and punk of the last two decades in this, however they are all have been finely distilled and chiseled towards a more violent, pummeling and depressing end. Discernible DNA patterns includes “screamo” (not a hip term nowadays, I know!) but that’s only due to the emotional, screaming and ranting of the anguished singer. There’s also this sense of “epic” hardcore in the songwriting, which would verve between utter violence and serene post-rock guitar sprawl or indie-rock scratch; served inbetween driving juggernauts of huge riffages. In short, this is bleak but it’s fighting out of the darkness, with all its might. Yup! Pretty dramatic. Personally, I like the how the band mixes all these strains and managed to focus itself into such a lean machine, but I must admit, I do wish the singer would ease on the rants, calm down a bit and break into a stoner drawl or something less taxing.
This CD is a special worldwide release by PISSART (kudos to Mindless Show’s Khabir!), because there were only 500 copies of the album pressed last year, all on vinyl! So this is pretty special boss!
Spires – Mermaid Harpoon
AVAILABLE AT THE RICECOOKER SHOP (with limited free A3 posters)!!!
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