By now, you should know the drill. We’ve been having musicians from across metal’s grand spectrum pen brief guest columns for us on a number of engaging topics: must-read books, must-see films, and bands you may not know but absolutely should.
Today’s column comes from Sloths. The band, not the mammal.
From Seattle, Darto make really noisy rock music that is hard to describe. They remind me of a darker, more fucked up version of some of our favorite weirdo ’90s bands like Slint, Unwound, and Shellac. Their first record In Difference is haunting, while their recently released Hex is heavier and weirder. Amazing stuff. Go listen to it.
Friends from Portland, Oregon, who play creative instrumental music — “Avant Punk.” This stuff is really dissonant and complex yet still manages be immediate and enveloping. First full length, Treffpunkt, will be out this September via New Atlantis Records, and they will be on tour this month. U SCO kill it live and from what I’ve managed to hear they do the same on record.
Anchored by fantastic, almost krautrock like drumming, Leatherdaddy (also from Seattle) somehow skirt the lines between sludgy and melodic, between sad and eerie. Their debut EP is called The Plague House. Leatherdaddy call it “big rock;” I think it sounds like nothing else out today. It is fucking awesome.
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