Friday, March 8, 2013

REVIEW: Strychnine - A Terrible Way to Go - EP

Author: Steve Wichelecki

With influences ranging from blues to punk to classic rock, Strychnine's "A Terrible Way to Go" EP winds and creeps its way along a strange black sonic spiral of tempo switchups and wild, fuzzed-out wah wah noise. Bouncing warm bass lines and shimmery guitar riffs are counterposed by snotty vocals and raw solos that glisten with razor-sharp feedback. Lyrics sung in French drive home the record's seemingly pervasive theme of general malaise and existential despair. This record makes me want to smoke a cigarette, drink a cup of coffee and read my copy of 'Nausea.' Catch this Chicago trio tonight at Empty Bottle as they headline The Burger Records Showcase. 

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