Check their bandcamp below and make sure to check for select tour dates and an upcoming split with Moira Scar.https://xanaxax.bandcamp.com
Bay Area queer deathrock stalworts MOIRA SCAR are back with their new full length on CD/CS/ and digital via Oakland’s NEAR DARK imprint, which is run by dark gothic outfit, OTZI whose newest offerings, “Ghosts” was covered HERE a few weeks ago. Moira Scar currently is in trio form with their latest offering with Roxy Monoxide: guitar, sax, vocals, LuLu Gamma Ray: synthesizers, vocals, and Aimee S: drums. Moira Scar’s newest full length, “Wound World Part 1” boasts seven snappy, punchy, femme forward dark punk/death rock cuts, intentionally building upon their unique, sought after, indimable sound of their previously released full lengths, “Psychoid” and “Scarred For Life”. With an augmented lineup, and a slightly darker and more rock forward sound, “Wound World Part 1” might be the most intentionally straight forward, intense and focused sound the outfit has concocted yet, and the recording production suits the sound perfectly. Thick pummeling percussion, wailing, screaching vocals, fuzzed-out chugging, angular guitar riffs and the staple walls of reverb’d saxophone.
“Snap Back” might be the most traditionally “Moira Scar” sounding cut on here blending heavy bass riffs, walls of sax with driving punk inspired hard hitting drumming and the signature layered vocal efx stylings which could take the sonic shape of anything from low distorted growls to high pitched shrieks of intense washes, utilized to great success on the track “Chrysalis Skull” The operatic style walls of vocals blend perfectly over the frantic, manic heavy drumming and thick slabs of guitar and bass work. Slower, more post rock inspired track “Zeta Rainbow” offers chugging, blown up guitar riffs with dragging slagged out bass lines with more traditional breakdowns where the guitar and dual vocal processions shine brightest.
Moira Scar’s sound is thick, violent, present, and demanding of the space it requires and deserves. Death rock, like any “sub-genre” can be formulaic, boring, and predictable, but “Wound World Part 1” is the complete opposite; fierce, unique, cathartic, and nasty!. In a time where we need it most, Moira Scar once again, and perhaps with more force than ever proves they are here to stay with some of the most forward thinking and necessary sonic offerings within the contemporary rock scope. This record rallies against the dying, boring, overdone and under thought droves of CIS white-male “dominated”capitalistic rock scenes, by raising the bar and flushing the boring and inspired rock trends down into the sewer where they have belonged this entire time, and serve as an assault on the normative, re-hashed, uninspired music that often fills the airwaves. Moira Scar is a weapon against a violent, patriarchal system of despair, confusion, and entanglement and “Wound World Part 1” is the next logical step in the bands seemingly endless progression of reinvention. One of the most important contemporary dark rock acts going, period. This record is not to be overlooked.
GROUP RHODA “Out Of Time, Out Of Touch” LP (Night School Records, 2012)
The freshman LP from Bay area antiquated calypso dark, synth crafter GROUP RHODA. This album opens up a palette of new, yet historically sound territory in a concise and smart hybrid stylized record. GR offers the listener a cobustion of exploding space dust, writing a narrative based under the cloak of science fiction fact mantras of fucked up up up non pop non music music. Palpitating drum machines support arpeggiated synths and keyboards, important yet subtly giving breath to well placed vocal hymns, present yet dissonant procrto-pop song structures, crawling heads of funky texture time and timbre amalgamations — an intelligent species of sound variety, washes the brain in sonic bleach — out front vocal melodies, with space based lyrics to boot round out this hybrid-style proto pop offering from bay area resident, Mara.
GROUP RHODA paints a drodweamy, sonic desert island, yet a oobmetaptghysical hurricane eye approaches off the coast of subtle silence – slides up
Your back and into the conscious rain Suspended between a memory room
Raft and orchestrated melodies from accellerating space ships GROUP RHODA dangles theories and structures in front of the listener, that are both from the future and the past. At times dark, minimal
Synth and at times more lush sounding electronics this album breaths a bit of variety, which is dime….funky arpeggiated bass lines and calypso style percussion, purring drum machines and whispering, shaking, powerful vocals
Round this record out quite nice.
STUCK between a pastel wash and a deep maroon hell – this album paints both a bleak and blissful sonic offering Get it from GROUP RHODA locally in the bay area or from the label direct. Crazy strange art from both SUZY POLING and NICOLE GINELLI.