WORSE - Rubber Burner LP
New York City’s WORSE have made an LP of noisy rock’n’roll songs that don’t shy away from being punk. The band relies heavily on pop sensibilities while having guitars that blare through sounding not unlike the classic 90’s bands HARVEY MILK and HAMMERHEAD. The slugging-drawls of the instruments bleed into the two-singer vocals and what you’re left with is a puddle of punk rock goodness. The arrangements are complicated even in their brute force and the quick psychedelic dives show just how compelling a two minute, three chord song can be. The band has been compared to “Floyd the Barber”-era NIRVANA and FLIPPER, but this LP draws more from bands like COWS or even BUTTHOLE SURFERS than it does the Pacific Northwest sound. The hardest part of describing “RUBBER BURNER” is that all nine songs stand alone independent of each other. The members of Worse have been in bands like NOMOS, BATTLETORN, GRIDS, and SYPHILITIC LUST and all three members played together in NYC’s unforgiving SHOXX.