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Music Reviews

Screaming Females - Castle Talk
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Castle Talk
Don Giovanni
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross - The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
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The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
The Null Corporation
Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest
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Halcyon Digest
4AD
No Age - Everything in Between
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Everything in Between
Sub Pop
Robyn - Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
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Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
Konichiwa
The Walkmen - Lisbon
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Lisbon
Fat Possum
Haymarket Riot
Wax!
Divot Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
Hurtling through time and space at a velocity that would cause any mother to cover her eyes, Haymarket Riot continue building a monument to rock and roll with their second EP, the four-song brick entitled Wax! A brick, that is, to the stomach. It is hard to explain the importance of a band like this, of songs like this, in mere words. There is something remarkably unverbalizable at work in these four songs, which could be why Kevin Frank continues to add random barks and howls over the top of these four buoyant grinders, tracks which could stand tall as instrumentals. With songs this good, there isn't an apparent need for vocals but Frank tacks them on anyway, wedging an off-camber line in between weaving guitars every now and then.

When I close my eyes I can Haymarket Riot toiling away, pleasuring themselves in the task of pummeling the listener with jaunty and true basslines, cracking percussion and the unrelenting dual SG attack of Kevin Frank and Mike Bennett. The sweat drips from Billy Smith's nose, resembling rain for a brief second before exploding on contact with the hyper-vibrating snare head. Fred Popolo dances back and forth between cabinets, crowd and bandmates, holding on to his bass for dear life, playing to the brink of combustion. Songs like "Super Network" find the drums and bass starting off in different directions, the guitars playing call and response before veering apart and back together again in a sordid sonic autocross race. When Frank chimes in with "My Magnificent Machine!" you can't help but agree - Haymarket Riot is indeed a magnificent machine.

Reviewed by Eric J Herboth
Eric J. Herboth is the founder, publisher and Managing Editor of LAS magazine. He is a magazine editor, freelance writer, bike mechanic, commercial pilot, graphic designer, International Scout enthusiast and giver of the benefit of the doubt. He currently lives in rural central Germany with his two best friends, dog Awahni and cat Scout.

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