Whilst we had left Oklahoma City‘s cursetheknife momentarily as a duo accompanied by a drum machine, the now power trio are looking over to the release of their debut EP “Thank you for being here pt. 1” due November 13 via New Morality Zine, followed by “Thank You For Being Here Pt II” at a later time, after a bunch of promising demos and a couple of singles replete of hefty yet catchy shoegaze-noise sound, and that the fresh addition of new drummer Steph did nothing but reinvigorate and in someway refine.
The band, as it’s easy to discern, explores the robust and nuanced guitar-driven heritage of 90s bands such as Hüsker Dü, Dinosaur Jr, Smashing Pumpkins, Nirvana combined the reverb-infused hazy distortion of MBV, Slowdive and Swervedriver, with narcotic slowcore suggestions, headily setting a constant balance between drive, loudness and feedback with introspection and ethereality, enhanced by a distinctive knack for melody.
Lyrically a sore journey of self-discovery, “Feeling Real”, one of the 2-tracks dropped in advance under the title “promo 2020”, kicks its hypnotic pace off with a sturdy convulsive clanging drumming and dense pulsing bassline to trigger wavering swathes of grungey abrasive, at times jagged, fuzz-charged guitar riffs that intimately twist, whine, soar and fall with epic aching intensity over desperately lost male vocals, brimming with deep ethereal melancholy and angsty emotions, urgently yearning for something real.
Whilst they don’t invent anything new musically, but we could say the same thing about Nothing, the trio’s songwriting is fresh and damn good, surely above average, absolutely a band to have a close look at.
cursetheknife‘s debut EP “Thank you for being here pt. 1” is slated to release on November 13, 220 through New Morality Zine,
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