Thursday, March 5, 2015

Love of Diagrams - Blast

Melbourne trio Love of Diagrams was active in the '00s, touring the US twice in mid-decade and releasing three records, the last of which dropped in 2009.  Nearly five years later they traveled back to the states to record with Steve Albini in Chicago.  The product of that effort is Blast -- twelve tracks of muscular post-punk.  Female vocals ride the waves of fiery, fuzzy guitar work and dominating bass and percussion.  In terms of references one might suggest that it sounds like Sonic Youth covering Siouxsie and the Banshees, or Siouxsie and the Banshees covering Sonic Youth.  This is music that rumbles in your chest cavity and cleans out your head (and everyone who knows me knows my head needs periodic cleaning, so there is a public service aspect to this).

Music is more satisfying when it sounds like the musicians are enjoying delivering it, rather than tearing in from their tortured flesh.  In the case of this album, it is evident that Love of Diagrams had a blast recording Blast.  Catch the thundering joy.

Love of Diagrams is Antonia Selbach (bass/lead vocals), Luke Horton (guitar/vocals), and Monika Fikerle (drums).  Blast is released via Bedroom Suck Records.

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