Janitor Scum: S/T 12" (new)

Janitor Scum: S/T 12" (new)


Tags: · 10s · post-punk · punk · raw · recommended
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Lumpy Records
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How giddy I am that the world will finally know the Scum ! Sicko album from this genius one woman group outta Calgary. Abrasive new wave by a sheila that can really pout. I can't stop skanking and I do not exaggerate when I say This is the best record I will put out in 2016. Screenprinted jackets by Dumb Records from Springfield, IL

Our take: I have to admit that this band pretty much had me at the blatant references to the Fall in their sound and artwork (the cover art references Hex Enduction Hour and the Casio keyboard tone on the first track is straight out of early Fall tracks like "The Man Whose Head Expanded"), but the more I dig in to this record the more I find to love about it. One of the things I like most about this record is that all of the songs are so different from one another, both in their style and in the instrumentation and textures of the recording. In a way, it seems like kind of a summation of a lot of the Lumpy aesthetic... there's everything from damaged quasi-dance music a la Hairlong N Freeky to straightforward jittery punk a la Cal & the Calories to moments that approach the skewed pop sensibility of CCTV. It's not as if Janitor Scum seem to be biting any of these bands; rather, I'm trying to say that if you like the above-mentioned releases then you will definitely find a lot to like here. While the songs are definitely different from one another, there's a density here that unites everything... there's so much going on in these songs that it feels like you have to listen to them many times over to get your bearings. That's another respect in which they remind me of the Fall, particularly eras of the band (like on the Kicker Conspiracy EP) when they had a large lineup with two drummers, two guitarists, a keyboard/synth player, as well as bass and vocals. Janitor Scum don't replicate that setup by any means, but the music is similarly onion-like, densely packed with layers that it takes some effort to peel away. If you like your music to be super immediate and to come right at you with a super-catchy riff or vocal melody then you might not have the patience for this one, but if you like music that's cacophonous on first listen, but upon further inspection reveals itself as intricate, even baroque in its construction (and, honestly that's my favorite kind of music), then get this now. One of my very favorite releases of 2016. Highly recommended.