Silent Lunch: S/T cassette
Latest release from Durham, NC garage/punk band Silent Lunch. This tape features two brand new tracks and three featured from their 2014 cassette "Late to Bloom." The music has qualities that could be categorized as garage punk, but the guitar work and atmospheric recording also bring to mind post-punk bands like Gang of Four or The Fall. Comes with download card. Limited to 100 copies.
Daniel's take: Brand new cassette from this all-lady punk band out of Durham, North Carolina. I have to say this is a bittersweet release for me, because the first two songs on this cassette were meant to be Silent Lunch's contribution to Sorry State's NC Singles Collection. Unfortunately, though, the band's drummer moved away and they're breaking up. While the vinyl release has been canceled, at least we have this cassette to remember them by. This single definitely would have been a unique release in the Sorry State discography... a bit darker and more post-punk-inspired than just about anything else on the label, Silent Lunch nevertheless have the density and the songwriting skill that I associate with the Sorry State roster. I think what I like most about Silent Lunch is how each of the three main instruments seem to pull away from one another. The drums are pretty much always pounding out a heavy, 4/4 beat that would be more appropriate for beer-soaked garage-punk, the bass lines are simple but incredibly delicate and melodic, and the guitars are dense, heavy, and propulsive, relying on a bruising flurry of Wipers-esque downstrokes. It's a sound that is original and powerful, and while you might think of any number of reference points (particularly ones in late-90s indie/alternative rock), nothing else out there sounds quite like this. It's a shame that they're no more, but if you dig the rocking and powerful end of 90s indie--Pavement, Guided by Voices, Sonic Youth at their most Accessible, the Breeders, etc.--these five songs get my highest recommendation.