High Castle / Spirit Of The West
Album: Spirit Of The West   Collection:General 12"
Artist:High Castle   Added:Apr 2013
Label:Zum Media  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2013-10-10 Pull Date: 2013-12-12
Week Ending: Nov 17 Oct 20
Airplays: 1 1

Recent Airplay
1. Nov 15, 2013: Aporeia
Swamp Thing
2. Oct 15, 2013: late night dryer
After God

Album Review
Reviewed 2013-10-04
Angry, scuzzy, rattling, consistently loud post-/hardcore-/punk out of Oakland, from the guy who brought you bands named Child Pornography and Sister Fucker. Garagey instrumentation but too pointed to be garage-punk; intense, sincere, lo-fi feel without the shitty recording quality (sounds, for instance, like something you'd hear on WNL). On KZSU fave George Chen's (Chen Santa Maria) label, Zum. Pretty small spaces between some songs, so be careful.

RIYL: Tyvek, Husker Du, Minutemen, God is My Co-Pilot

1 (2:44) FCC FUCK Biafra-style screamed/warbling vox, plodding murky guitars; slower 90s indie rock influence
2 (2:41) Dissonant, slow chorus w/ m+f vox; drums, garagey guitar kick in, androgynous lead vox
3 (2:30) Chaotic drum rolls. shouted vox
4 (2:13) Marching urgency, huge fuzzy bass, touch of early British heavy metal guitar tone
*5 (2:48) Melodic lead vox with a plodding backing rhythm, noisy guitar licks
6 (2:15) FCC SHIT Bluesy hard rock meets hardcore

*7 (3:12) Psychy bassline is the loudest thing here, guitars grind and tear behind it. Sounds like it could be from a UK post-punk comp circa 79. Anthemic, political vox
8 (2:39) FCC SHIT Angst about working all the time, you'll be drumming on whatever's closest to you
9 (2:49) Straightforward bruiser, vox halfway obscured
*10 (2:56) Bassline causes some kind of horror anxiety; jarring, jutting guitars, particularly intense screamed/sung vox; culminates nicely at the end with volume and what sounds like a buried chant
11 (3:28) Good representation of their overall sound without going off in a different direction; see first sentence

Track Listing
1. Swamp Thing   6. After God
2. Innocence   7. Farewell To Limbs
3. We Were Lovers   8. Half Mass
4. Bee Medal   9. Son Of A Sinner
5. Crustaceans Demise   10. All Ages Nightmare
  11. Super Gu