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King Of Jeans

Ugly and violent.

Pissed Jeans don’t mess around, starting 2009’s King of Jeans with “False Jesii, Part Two,” and never letting up on the noisepunk from start to finish. While the first song is possibly the best on the record, it’s not because the record falls apart, but because it so competently and powerfully sets the tone, kicking immediately into Matt Korvette’s shouts of “I Don’t Bother!” over distorted guitars and heavily amplified Flipper-esque bass. It’s two-and-a-half minutes of angry, beautiful noise that continues until near the album’s end, when the band slows down and my attention wanders a bit on tracks like “Spent” and “R-Rated Movie,” which show the influence of slower noise bands. The guitar in “Goodbye (Hair),” even has me thinking of messier, Incesticide-era Nirvana, though I wouldn’t really list them as an obvious influence.

When the band is firing on all cylinders, which is most of the record, it’s a blend of pure, nasty anger a la Black Flag, but they mix in melodic noise without subduing the frustration or energy. The only times the record lets up, it’s clearly intentional, as the band explores the banal, in a literal fashion.

7.8 / 10Loren
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