Daughters CD review [Hydra Head]

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Daughters CD review [Hydra Head]
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Jan 24, 2007, 22:33

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DAUGHTERS Hell Songs CD

Daughters are the latest in a long and distinguished line of rebel rousers that have periodically raised the neo-hellbilly art-guerilla Jolly Roger. You could characterize the aesthetic effect of their Hell Songs CD as the aural translation of Duchamps' Nude Descending a Staircase. That of course is exactly how Lux Interior described The Cramps, being the wag and sage that he is, and that same sorta artsy clamor was thereafter embraced and further fermented by the Birthday Party; Daughters, in effect, re-distills this vintage into a potent brandy indeed.

Hell Songs is pure mania.  Daughters achieve a whirling pool of frantic drumming, clangorous guitars/bass and shouty vocalizing. The precision they maintain throughout, at the velocity attained, is utterly awesome (even if it's a lotta Pro-tools trickery, it sounds cool anyway!) Amidst all the hyperactive riffing, the guitarist exercises a distinctive predilection for adding discreet smears, slides or slurs to strategic notes that'd be neat in any context and in this hyper-speed, hurricane force tumult it's thoroughly heroic. [Hydra Head]

-Howard Wuelfing

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