by Dan Goldin (@post_trash_)
Brooklyn's White Pisces have been perfecting their own brand of fuzzy punk rock since the summer of 2013 following the demise of their previous band Slow Warm Death. With each successive album the band dive further into a unique space of grunge-inspired downer anthems and brawny lo-fi recordings. Family Room, the band's upcoming third full length album (due out digitally this coming Friday, May 5th, with vinyl to follow this Summer), recorded by the duo of Evan Bernard and Chris Baglivo (Mannequin Pussy, The Spirit of The Beehive) adds nuance and texture to the band's raw attack. The record is fairly bleak but the songs are radiant and warm, surging with energy and a vibrant wall of sludgy slacker punk guitars.
The opening moments of "Tummy" are deceptively lulling. A brief and emotive two seconds of clean introduction is followed by a frantic burst of grinding fuzz pop with dense riffs that are as sugary as they are destructive. The forward motion is dragged through a quick change in rhythm before the crushing hook hammers it home as David Brandon Geeting (vocals/drums) sings "I think I'm drying out, but I can't be so sure". The song rips from one end to the other balancing a sense of mental indifference with guitars that swirl like an oncoming typhoon.
White Pisces' Family Room is out May 5th.