For the last year or so things have been bubbling away up in Yorkshire, with a nascent heavy scene threatening to spread outwards and devour all in its path. Witness the rise of Pulled Apart By Horses and the soon come heaviness of Hawk Eyes, Gentlemens Pistols, Kong, Castrovalva, and NHS’s own Bradford riffmeisters Cut Yourself In Half. Well if it’s about to break, New Heavy Sounds is going to give it a kick to get it on its way.
Two acclaimed ‘scene defining’ NHS compilations of utterly crushing heaviosity put Leeds’ New Heavy Sounds signings Black Moth alongside the likes of Mojo Fury, DZ Deathrays, Computers, Tweak Bird, The Sword and their like. So now is time for New Heavy Sounds to unshackle the first long player by Black Moth.
And just to get you in the mood, NHS are offering free, gratis and for nothing, a little taster of what’s to come. Chicken Shit is taken from their debut album and you better believe us, that it’s guaranteed to ravage tender ears, upset the musical literati and get yo’ ‘ead bangin’.
At the production helm, is the awesome Jim Sclavunos, stixman for Grinderman/Bad Seeds, connoisseur of the mixing console and the man who brought us the latest Jim Jones Review album. He’s skilfully magnified Black Moth’s already lobotomisingly sharp points to Sabbath sized peaks.
From its super sludge chord beginning, through the break-neck thrash-punk squall, to the mordant laughter at its end, Chicken Shit is 2 minutes 50 seconds of no compromise, a full on menacing wall of heavy, pounding riff and throb, shot through with the strychnine howl of Harriet Bevan’s vocals.
Long live the new heavy, praise Lucifer and pass the crushed glass in aspic. Get set to be savaged.
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