I love just about every d-beat band that has ever come out of Sweden. From Anti Cimex, Wolfpack, Totalitär, Avskum and everything in between. If I had to choose another music genre that I like, it would have to be fast and heavy distorted punk from Japan like Death Side and Crow. Who I’m sure took great influence from the aforesaid bands. As well as their music of course it’s the bleak imagery on their records. That too is another thing I love, the look and sound from a vinyl record. Now before I wander off and rant about other things I like, I should say that I am trying to build this all up to a point. So let’s turn up the overdrive and mix all that stuff together. Now we have a great new 7″ vinyl EP by Crutches from Malmö, Sweden.
I think the title alone ‘D-Beat Tsunami’ shows they wear their influence on their sleeves. So with that in mind, I couldn’t wait to put this on the record player and up the volume. The EP’s intro riffs and vocals are reminiscent of Scottish band Sedition, then it shifts into heavy D-beat with cries of ‘fire’ being shouted from behind the chaos. The next track on this side opens up with the sound of what’s like someone blowing into a plastic pipe. Then it goes into a real stomping punk beat and riff through a wall of furious feedback. Lyrically the band sing about homophobic idiot’s, the constant war/hate against world governments and burning the place to the ground.
Now for the ancient custom of turning the record over and lining up the needle. And into an industrial sound of banging pipes and voice samples. This of course leads us nicely into another reign of squalling distortion accompanied by strong gusts of shrieked vocals with a stomping d-beat. If you like d-beat punk or even if you think you don’t. Have a listen to the sheer profusion and devotion to sound of distortion. Ten out of ten fists for this. [on Distroy Records]