Messrs: S/T 12" (new)

Messrs: S/T 12" (new)


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INTENSITY OF 1990s-ERA AMREP, TOUCH & GO RELEASES

Our take: Debut 12" (I think?) from this band who, if I remember correctly, hail from the grayness of Columbus, OH. I don't think that it would be any kind of a stretch to refer to Messrs' music as "noise rock," but as I see it there are two separate strains within that genre. There are the bands who seem to take their influence primarily from metal (and I'm including hardcore in that as well)... I think of this as the Melvins strain, though it also includes bands like Bleach-era Nirvana that have a very riff-oriented songwriting approach. The other strain seems to come more out of an atmosphere-based approach to songwriting... I'm not sure who to cite as the forbear of this sound... maybe Pussy Galore? Karp? Basically, like those bands, Messrs play music that's heavy and noisy, but doesn't seem to come from a "metal" kind of place at all... instead, it's more like a beefed-up, more confrontational take on a Velvet Underground-influenced kind of sound. As such, this self-titled record is a record that washes over you, that comes at you in waves and the pleasure of listening to it comes from riding those waves, not necessarily from pounding your fist along with specific riffs or singing along to choruses. Admittedly most of the people who read this are probably more into the metallic, riff-oriented approach, but Messrs absolutely kill it... this is a crusher of a record, and if you sound like you might be on board I'd highly recommend checking it out.