Tarantula: Very Best of Sex and Violence 7"

Tarantula: Very Best of Sex and Violence 7"


Tags: · 10s · chicago · danielspicks · hardcore · post-punk · punk · recommended · ushc
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The very best of sex and violence is the third vinyl installment from Chicago’s TARANTÜLA with 5 new glorious hardcore punk tracks. For those unfamiliar, TARANTÜLA is the reincarnation of CÜLO and they play an intoxicating blend of classic punk and meat & potato hardcore. “While one might consider the idea of catchy, song-oriented hardcore to be completely played out, Tarantula toe the line between poppy and aggressive so perfectly that their music feels fresh. You can hear the influences quite clearly—the snotty, aggressive punk of bands like the Angry Samoans and Zero Boys, the earnest drive of early 80s midwest hardcore like Articles of Faith and early Husker Du, and a dash of Devo / Geza X-style irreverence—but they’re swirled together in a way that’s just different enough from anything I’ve heard before to be noteworthy.” From Daniel/Sorry State. Art from DrugFace as per usual. Mastered by Geza X (DK, Germs, Black Flag) 1. Amphetamine Manimal 2. Brained Out 3. Hunting At the Zoo 4. Slime City 5. Seed the Starts

Our take: We’re now at the third Tarantula 7” and I worry that my descriptions are getting redundant, but that’s no indication that the music is! That being said if you liked the first two Tarantula 7”s you’re guaranteed to like this one too. This 7” sounds a lot like the members’ old band Cülo, but it still has all the things that make Tarantula, in my opinion at least, the far superior band. There’s bass, which you wouldn’t think would make a huge difference but it does, and the songs are more fleshed out and well developed. Geza X once again has a hand in the production (though I’m not sure if he mixed it, mastered it, or both), and whatever process Tarantula used to come up with this 7” I hope they keep repeating again and again because this totally rules. The songs are all catchy and memorable, and each track seems to have at least one little quirk or move that makes it stand out from the pack, whether it’s a cool guitar lick, a catchy vocal line, or a memorable drum part. As on their previous 7”s, Tarantula are the masters of adding just enough melody and catchiness to their songs to make them stand out from the pack and stick to your ribs without ever sounding like they’re trying to hard or accidentally sliding into pop-punk. I’d be happy if Tarantula just kept these 7”s coming, but I wouldn’t be upset if someone comped them all onto one 12” for more convenient listening, and I’d be even more pleased if their next record is the mind-melting full-length that the world wants and needs. So let’s have it!