"Crawling out of the deep, dark hole they dug for themselves on Bottom
Feeder (2011) and Sweaty Hands (2012), New York City’s premier
psychedelic swamp rock unit DeGreaser are set to take an unsuspecting
and tepid rock scene by storm. Courtesy of NYC’s Ever/Never Records,
Rougher Squalor is DeGreaser 2.0. The band has evolved from their
previous caveman dirges into a true power trio, heavy on the muscle and
out for blood.
Drawing inspiration from classic bands like Blue Cheer, The
Groundhogs and Coloured Balls, to outer-limits rock deconstruction
reminiscent of the finest Japanese ensembles such as Mainliner and High
Rise, DeGreaser are able to satisfy the need to bang your head, and also
the desire to immerse said head in glorious waves of wah-wah pedal
abuse. The ‘squalor’ part of the title is no joke, as main ‘Greaser Tim
Evans – formerly of noted Aussie band Bird Blobs – drenches the
proceedings in a sheen of speaker-shredding noise that would make the
likes of James Williamson sit up and take notice. Anchored by the
granite-solid rhythm section of drummer John Coates and bassist Kristian
Brenchley (Woman/Ballroom), Evans is free to blast his surroundings
with all manner of ear-piercing and –tickling tones.
But let’s not make the mistake of filing Rougher Squalor under the
section labeled ‘Headcleaners.’ There are great songs waiting here for
you. Opener “Words in Your Mouth” establishes the band’s ability to
harness melody and write memorable tunes. Straightforward rocker “Follow
Me Down” is a hook-y request to join Evans in the downtown shadows.
Tracks like “Got No Need” and “Do Me In” come off like Screaming Trees
after an acid bath, while fleet-footed rockers like “You Said” and
“Doorway” get in n’ out before you know what hit you. With Rougher
Squalor, DeGreaser has staked out their territory and are defending it
with the considerable rock power that they can muster.
Like previous DeGreaser albums, Rougher Squalor features Evans’
haunting artwork adorning the cover on an old-school tip-on jacket." - ever/never
This product was added to our catalog on Friday 25 July, 2014.