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Soup Moat

Enjoy Your Hobbies

Doubled-up, sometimes indecipherable screamed vocals, waves of sludgy, growling guitar and a thudding, powerful rhythm section ensure that Enjoy Your Hobbies, a 7” vinyl release from Milwaukee, Wisconsin’s Soup Moat, is anything but dull. Containing five tracks falling in the one to two minute range, this album switches things up from assaults of mangled sound (opener “Comfy One”) to more recognizable songs (the goofy, breakneck-paced “Riddle Giggle Gang”) and even a track that lurches along to heavy metal riffage (“Band Practice”). Messy third track “nevernotfuckedup” begins with random blurts of recorder, then goes on to capture what sounds like someone struggling to defecate and/or coming close to vomiting before settling into a churning thrash section full of noise and hollering, while the gnarly and loud “Uptowner Girl” is surprisingly catchy if more than a little overbearing. At the end of the day, I’m sure that listening to this brief disc would count among the hobbies I most enjoy. Still, even though it seems to more be the product of a band screwing around than trying to make a coherent release, Enjoy Your Hobbies has its moments.

6.0 / 10Andy
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