Beehive Recording Company
The principals — guitar, drums, vocals and an impressive deck of pedals (particularly delay) — create a poignant, head-swimming ambience ("She's Laughing At Me"). Dark Red's dazzle is subtle (here, at least; the band's a feedback firestorm on stage), the beats stay steady, adding shakers on "Tara," while the guitar kicks into roughhouse riffing halfway through, content to strum and slide alongside a bass-boomy low end and echo-heavy vocals. Nice.
"Dead Fish Eyes"
— featuring Doc Waffles
On "Crayons," the guitars and organs roar and chime, going from purr to fervor to a shimmering crescendo, culminating in House Phone's slow dance. On the flip, antiquarian and literary rapper Doc Waffles joins Mister and Blaksmith of dynamic hip-hop duo Passalacqua. The three bite at those in the audience or in weekday rat races. Waffles' zingy if unpredictable poetics dovetail nicely with Passalacqa's oddball rhymes.
b/w "The End"
Thundering drums, fuzz-caked guitars and creep-along organs support vocals that chant repetitively. These doomed punks are gonna save your soul, just before the world ends ("The End"). "Evil Spawn" retains the ominous sci-fi aesthetic wonderfully and features the cringe-happy line "Evil spawn will bite my dick off." —Jeff Milo