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Artist: BALLROOM
Title: s/t
Format: LP
Label: Ever/Never
Country: USA
Price: $15.00
"On their debut 12 EP for Ever/Never Records, New York Citys Ballroom explode out of the gate with a whirlwind fury. Anchored by a tornado of vicious snare drum thwacks and excoriating guitars, "Corridor" is a threat made manifest by singer Eric Cecils warnings to "not let the sight disturb ya."
Ballroom are a powerful ensemble assembled from scattered remnants of other notable bands. Cecil (who also plays guitar) did time in Chicago punk standout Busy Signals, and has featured in numerous NYC bands since his relocation. The other axe-slinger, Kristian Brenchley, is a founding member of long-running scum rockers Woman, and also lays down the bottom end in Ever/Never labelmates Degreaser. Ballroom low-end is provided by Home Blitz Theresa Smith, while the drums are beaten into submission by Steven Fisher, leader of Wilful Boys and Dozers.
On "Dismal Sun," the band locks down on the central riff as guitar leads and frantic snare rolls keep pace with Cecils thousand-yard stare vocals. "Ill Keep Coming Back" points to a key influence -- the sun-scorched blacktop rumble of prime Scientists, Australias sultans of swamp. Smith doesnt let up on the gas, pushing Brenchley and Cecil into the realms of the unhinged.
Ballrooms debut features no mellow songs, sappy ballads or moments of false sincerity. "Nails Head" stands out for its approach to rock n roll as controlled demolition. This song will bite your hand off if you get too close. "Burnin Billy" could be a feedtime cut, but theres also echoes of the Gun Club and past Crypt Records powerhouses like The Beguiled. The epic final track, "Anti-Hole," coalesces all of Ballrooms excess energy into diesel fumes and takes it for a ride out into the open range, traversing peaks and valleys and mountains and digging for something deeper. Ballroom doesnt so much ride off into the sunset as reach up into the sky and pull it down into the dirt." - Ever/Never.

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