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4th album from Kentucky band—Young Widows function at the center of a dark, heavy heart with a deadly weaponry of vicious machine gun attack thrust. Mean, angry, seriously focused and pointed shards of terror fly about with terminal intent. Three naked, sweaty, bleeding men with axes & wooden clubs try to beat their way out from the inside of a large steel barrel lined with spikes. You can feel multiple, concise musical blows from a dirty and distorted, pummeling barrage of fists; a rhythmic heart attack/psychedelic acid-noise rock violation. The guitars are charged with the ecstatic pain of total immersion and explode in behemoth bass/percussion/ sledgehammer shrapnel blows. This is how the Devil sounds when he realizes that the rain is really God urinating on him. Recalls a bunch of nasty bands, like the Jesus Lizard, Swans, Birthday Party/Grinderman, the Poles, Clockcleaner, Turkey Bones & the Wild Dogs. Expect intense, bludgeoning anguish that will require a serious head-cleaning if you survive. Grim-faced and gripping, total destruction catharsis that will leave you exhausted, drained and ready for war.
This album feels like a novel versus a few short stories like previous albums. I am hoping this is not a peak, but more like their uphill climb to the top of full force. I am old school, but I still venture out to find new sounds and these guys are onto something. Close your eyes strap-on the headphones and you are going to hear an earthquake rumbling below. The bass rhythms and distant howling vocals\guitar of Evan Patterson mesh the sound like no other. If I am going to be inline with previous metaphorical reviews I should mention these songs capture the intensity of a paranoid acid trip or entering a violent drunken state with a live hand grenade in your head. If these guys spent more time opening up for bands like the Melvins or Down its only a matter of time. Cool Night, Kerosene Girl(best song that I have heard in 4 years), and The Last Young Widow are the songs that left me wanting more. People wake up and face your fears!
Now I'm unsure what one reviewer was listening to when writing their review of Easy Pain. This new release from Young Widows is by far their best. Like wet clothes hanging around the question is it 'commercially' more accessible then their other releases? What you will not find are any structured 'pop' songs, many synths or screaming X-factor fans. You get heavy bass, guitar riffs and hard hitting drums that at times together border on noise. Easy Pain is therefore far much heavier than their previous release 'In and Out of Youth and Lightness'. Kerosene Girl is perhaps the most commercially available song on the album while many others grind away making the pain easier to digest.
Yes, you could make comparisons to other bands but I can't put my finger on just one. At times the singing reminds me of such bands as The Killers when they are at their most heaviest. Yet, Young Widows never 'fall' to that commercial level. So forget about who or what they sound like and enjoy the noise.
For some unknown reason I find the vinyl version 'more warmer' and 'analogue' than the digital version. So if you have a turn-table go for the vinyl. It comes with a download code anyway.