Fire Witch’s contribution to the EP contrasts wandering, droning soundscape jams with the more defined riffery and complex drumming breaks— often in the same track. Don’t expect traditional song structures from either band on this album: it’s more an order-in-chaos kind of vibe.
Spider Goat Canyon is similar to the Witch in that both bands boast virtuoso drummers, but the Goat adds guitar and wonderfully tight, plectrum-chopping bass to the mix — plus vocals on some tracks. Again, Spider Goat favours unusual structure and timing changes with a broad dynamic range from the sensitive and ethereal to the downright brutal.
The final track on the album is evidence of what these guys can achieve when they really unleash. It’s a sprawling mess of distorted guitar which hovers eerily over a throbbing bassline and surgically precise drumming.
This EP is permeated by a sense of unease and creeping horror. In fact, it could be the soundtrack to something particularly dark from the mind of David Lynch. It’s an impressive work which manages to hold focus despite the strange and disturbing realms in wanders into. It’s urgent and volatile — and proof that with the confidence and assurance these guys display on the record, musical boundaries can be crossed — it’s up the listener to deal with where the hell these guys take them.
Sub Monster Attack is available at Missing Link, Cumbersome, Synaesthesia and Polyester.
— Beige Baron