Sometimes you just need a band like Teethmarks to come along so you can remember how nasty and grotty music can be. Feral is the work of four blokes from Toronto, Canada who you’re more likely to find passed out in a puddle of puke next to the dumpster behind their rehearsal room than you are actually in the building doing what they’re supposed to be doing.
Clocking in at about ten minutes long it has, to be honest, taken me longer to write this review than it has for me to listen to the damn thing. Feral is a nasty little EP, so horrible in fact that the cat fucked off under a cupboard when I put it on and the neighbours all closed their windows. Inspired by, well, filthy hardcore punk rock, the likes of Rattler are just walls of feedback and noisy guitars and screaming which is fine for ten minutes, but I think that anything over that and this would really start to get on your tits. These are songs that are written to be played in the sort of damp basements where the overflow from the bathroom above is spewing sewage all over the floor. Basically, it’s sort of a punk rock, hardcore, grindcore musical cocktail that leaves you with a nasty headache and bloody knuckles.
Listening to Feral you get the impression that the moment they’d finished recording it (in one take), the quartet downed tools and headed to the fridge for a warm beer and a smoke. They’re the opposite of everything that you’d find on most rock fans playlists but, you know what they say, variety is the spice of life and all that. Next up on the review list… the new Fall Out Boy record!
02. Dream Of Skin
03. Gone Upstate
04. Dog’s Blood
Running Time: 10:44
Release Date: July 13, 2012
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