Is this what happens when the Brian Eno of bedroom recordings decides to make a hyper teenangst hardcore record? Yep, we think so.
150 on black and 150 on transparent pink vinyl housed in a 80lb felt weave hand-numbered J-Card sleeve. Recorded by Jake Robertson. Mastered by Mikey Young. Art by Nick Nolan.
Our take: I think everyone knows the deal with this by now, but in case you haven’t heard, I’ll get you up to speed. Alien Nose Job is the genre-hopping project of Jake Roberts from Ausmuteants, Hierophants, Leather Towel, and a bunch of other bands, and their latest release is a hardcore record on Iron Lung Records, one of the world’s premier hardcore punk labels. I went in to HC45 wondering if it would be straight up Koro or Septic Death worship, but HC45 is still very much an Alien Nose Job record. With Jake Roberts’ trademark voice, what else could it be? The most straight up hardcore song on the record is the first one, “I Still Call This Punk Scene My Home,” whose blistering pace and epic drum rolls remind me of Nosferatu. “Bond Clean” is a little more jittery and mechanical, but the next two tracks illustrate that wild, Jerry’s Kids-influenced drumming is a great fit for Alien Nose Job’s general sense of weirdness. The EP ends with my favorite track, “Cabanossi,” which is a little slower and meaner, featuring a great Dickies-esque descending melodic guitar line and a wild and ripping guitar solo. We got these a little later than most distros because of a shipping mishap and it’s now sold out from the label, so jump on this if you think you need a copy.