Be Bad: Vision Correction (Divorce)
Straight from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Be Bad prove that the province isn't a quiet place. This is loud, guttural, post-hardcore that'll shatter your ears, if not the windows in the room. Playing a brand of rabid post-hardcore that bounces from the walls with the guttural screams of a raving derelict being tied in a straightjacket, Be Bad are loud for the sake of being loud. Somehow their spiky, compacting riffs with a barrage of colliding drums exhibit a raucous strand of youthful energy filled with piss and vinegar, where a balance of panic mode playing and early Boredoms-like spazzcore brings bliss from being so bad it feels good. (CP)
The Drams: Jubilee Dive (New West)
Blink and you missed this debut from former Slobberbone honcho Brent Best last year. I gave it half a chance when it came out but very surely over the months this album has revealed itself for the rock & roll jewel it is. There's enough brash choruses and bold riffing to make any Hold Steady aficionado raise their glass in salute. As roughly enjoyable as Slobberbone was, The Drams are the grander beast with Best offering tunes that equal the finest by Ryan Adams and the Drive-By Truckers. Every track is good (and rewarding of repeat spins) but a few are actually fucking glorious, namely "When You're Tired," "September's High," "Wonderous Life" and "Des Moines," which is possibly the best touring life tune since Journey was pumping them out. How something this good wasn't raved about everywhere is a mystery but then again it took 10 years for people to take notice of Richmond Fontaine. Please don't let The Drams wait that long. (DC)
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