Chicago quartet Ganser probe the futility of striving for self-growth during the chaos of our times for dark comedy and jagged sounds on their potent new LP, Just Look at That Sky. Building on their dissociative disorder namesake, the album’s tone vacillated between frenzied and contemplative, probing on questions of communication, intimacy, and avoidance. Opening track Lucky announces an explosive energy that evokes the Midwest noise-rock legacy of bands like Jesus Lizard and Shellac, while embracing a more colorful palette of post-punk and art rock influences. Nadia Garofalo and Alicia Gaines, a self-described two-headed monster who share lead vocal duties, can bring both a recalcitrant cool worthy of Kim Gordon and a booming sneer that recalls Poly Styrene; the discordant interplay of Charlie Landsman’s guitar and Brian Cundiff’s drums on standouts Self Service and Bad Form build to blistering climaxes that wouldn’t feel out of place on Red Medicine-era Fugazi. For fans of The Jesus Lizard, Sleater-Kinney, Protomartyr, Girl Band, Liars, Iceage, and Throwing Muses.
Ganser - Just Look At That Sky CD Released 31/07/20
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