Although formed more than a decade ago, Athens, GA-based act Cinemechanica have managed to only release two albums — their groundbreaking debut effort The Martial Arts and its follow-up, Rivals EP; but despite that the primary and founding trio of Bryant Williamson (guitar), Joel Hatstat (bass) and Maserati‘s Mike Albanese (drums) have developed a reputation for material that possessed a meticulous attention to detail, in which they frequently took several months to write and record songs that may only last for a few seconds at most and for being one of the Southeast’s pioneering math rock/noise rock acts.
Now, if you’ve been frequenting this site over the past few months you may have stumbled upon a post on “Vietnamese Pool Party,” the first single off the band’s long-awaited sophomore, self-titled full-length effort, which the folks at Arrowhawk Records will be releasing on Friday, and that single immediately brought to mind a number of adjectives — often simultaneously: punishing, frenetic, tense, blistering, abrasive, sneering, teeth0baring, muscular, insisting, angular. And that shouldn’t be surprising as the band pairs dense, cascading sheens of angular guitar stabs, thundering and rolling drumming and frayed vocal chord howling in a song that feels and sounds as though the band is trying to squeeze as many notes as humanly possible within a bar of music, while structurally leaning towards spastic and impatient prog rock as the song actually is comprised of three distinct sections of incredibly dexterous guitar work by Williamson and Manray‘s Jordan Olivera held together by Albanese’s propulsive and forceful drumming. (Before I forget, I should note that the album, which was recorded by Kevin Ratterman, best known for his work with Young Widows and My Morning Jacket and mixed by Converge’s Kurt Ballou has the band collaborating with the aforementioned Jordan Olivera (guitar/vocals) and with Lazer/Wulf’s Bryan Aiken for live shows.)
The album’s second single “Hang Up The Spurs” will further cement the trio’s reputation for crafting incredibly abrasive and punishing barn burners consisting of spastic tempo changes, dense layers of slashing, angular guitar chords, rapid fire, staccato drumming that evokes machine guns and furiously howled vocals. It’s frenetic, angry, insistent and full of spastic, whiplash-inducing tempo changes that evoke a furious and pain-filled how into an uncaring, indifferent universe.
Comprised of South Park-like construction paper animation by Travis Betz, the recently released video for “Hang Up The Spurs” possess a surreally nightmarish and grimly violet dream-like logic, in which killer robots roam the Earth and stab everything in their sight, including the soldiers tasked to destroy those killer robots and ends with the moon turned into an angry Medusa that turns everything on the planet into stone.
The band will be embarking on a tour throughout the month of October that includes an October 16 stop at Saint Vitus in Greenpoint. Check out the tour dates below.
10/11 Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle – Backroom
10/12 Wilmington, NC @ Reggie’s
10/13 Richmond, VA @ TBA
10/14 Washington, DC @ DC9
10/15 Baltimore, MD @ Skramden Yards
10/16 Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus
10/17 Allston, MA @ O’Brien’s
10/18 Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle
10/19 Louisville, KY @ Haymarket
10/20 St. Louis, MO @ Foam
10/21 Madison, WI @ Williamson Magnetic
10/22 Minneapolis, MN @ Icehouse
10/23 Chicago, IL @ Emporium
10/24 Lexington, KY @ Best Friend Bar