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The Null Corporation
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Her Flyaway Manner
A Rotation of Thoughts and Themes
Caulfield Records

Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
Guitar! It's still way out in the front, and it's still nasty. Everything about this record screams of nasty, sloppy, full-bore nose-bleed. It's awesome.

Brendan McGinn's vocals echo those of Danny Pound's work in Vitreous Humor to a tee, especially in the third track, "Sterling". There is a bit of Alec Mackaye's swagger from the Warmer's eponymous Dischord release as well, and the music all smacks of the glorious Boys Life sound electrified on their eponymous first album. There is a sloppy fierceness about this album that really can't be denied, especially considering that there really isn't anything sloppy under the surface. The moves are cold, calculated, and precisely mapped. The rhythm section is so rock solid that it's almost intimidating to listen to, and for the life of me I can't figure out why there is no information anywhere in the album or the press materials as to the identities of the two strapping lads. I suppose it's entirely possible that they be nothing more than androids, because they certainly play with the unwavering ferocity of programmed pummeling and picking machines. The guitar is mean, nasty, and way out in the front, but McGinn would be reduced to a swerving maniac without the brutal low end filling in.

I think if you crossed the Midwest's glory year bands like Boys Life and Christie Front Drive with the smarts of Gang of Four, this EP is what you'd come up with. It's a solid and impressive sound, and this is a solid and impressive collection of tracks. The din builds repeatedly and buckles accordingly, collapsing under the weighty din of the trio's toil. Poignant pauses are followed by waves of impenetrable noise, the midrange squall riding atop the meaty undercurrent laid down by the faceless low end. All in all, pretty outstanding.

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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