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Wives
Erect the Youth Problem
Cold Sweat Records

Rating: 7/10 ?


October 1, 2004

Ooh baby… Wives give a bludgeoning. With their dull, achy rhythms and discordant, at times jarring, guitars, they spit out fourteen songs in twenty-eight minutes. Most songs, consisting of short bursts of punk-derivative noise, aren't over two minutes; those that are, which aren't many, boil and burst with the same cacophonous spewing. However, the structures do more than the vocals, which are delivered in a half-spoken, agitated free verse style. Overall, it's intense, but not pressing.

Mixing the post-punk discordance of bands like Drive Like Jehu with the all out fatal noise of groups like the Locust and Wolf Eyes, the songs retain some degree of familiarity amidst the disorder. After a couple listens, the first and last songs on the album are the most memorable, with repetitive rhythms and faint (very faint) hints at tunefulness, as well as are the following tracks "Mountainous" and "We Came Out Like Tigers." The latter track slows, but barely, and shows Wives' talent in establishing a definite tone to their noise in a matter of seconds. Though the songs are short, for the most part, they avoid sounding abrupt.

"Wasted Again, Again," "Squeeze Your Eyes So Tight," and "Big Ideas" are all characteristic of their frenzy. The seemingly painful guitar playing and warp-speed drumming are evident, and the eruptions of starts and withdrawals of stops intensify the already agitated fervor.

But, all together, Erect the Youth Problem isn't that heavy. Yeah, it's everything mentioned here, but also good to get sweaty to. A band like this is always better, and more exciting, to see live. Plan out your dance moves my friend. Yes, plan them out…

Reviewed by Abbie Amadio
The last we heard Abbie Amadio, a former contributor to LAS, was based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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