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Modern Day Urban Barbarians

"Sludgemouth" CD


Genre: noise rock, sludge, experimental

Brooklyn, NY

Dec 2, 2008

Amelodic sludgy noise rockers MDUB favour energy over convention, and as a result, Sludgemouth will not be hitting the Top 40 anytime soon. But can they really be faulted for not catering to your fourteen year-old niece? These two guys are pissed, and if that doesn't come through in the discordant guitars and aggressive percussion, it sure does in the lyrics. The words to these songs read like the blog entries on an Adbusters-obsessed fifteen year old's Myspace account. Sludgemouth opens with the delightful pseudo-couplet of "The subway lines to the city are the assembly lines to the factory/They're all built on human beings, this is a human factory." Sadly, that's about as deep as this unidimensionally political, anti-materialist record gets - don't expect more from titles like "Keep em' Distracted," "Enjoy the Ride," and "Work/Sleep." As far as the music goes, these tracks sound pretty identical - semi punk rock vocals over sludgy grumbly guitars and violent percussion. It's far more "no-wave" and experimental than your average high school affair, but the maturity level is noticeably sub-adult. Combing through the liner notes, I couldn't help but notice a blurry photo of both band members displayed quite prominently. They've got what looks like shit in their mouths, as well as on their t-shirts and faces. Gripped by disgust and amusement, I really wanted to like this record.

Sadly, I did not.


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Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 9 tracks, distributed by the band, released 2008]