Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Daring, experimental types

Artist: Beaters
Title: White Hate 7"
Label: Zoo Music
Release date: 2009

Also riding into town Thursday to play The Earl with The Soft Pack are Beaters, a rather interesting post-punk group from the San Diego area featuring members of The Sess and, believe it or not, the bass player from West Coast pop powerhouse The Powerchords.

"White Hate" is distorted electro-pop that is less electro and more pop than groups like Josh Fauver's Diet Cola. The flipside, "Venom Warrior", has organ parts that make it seem like a Satanic hymn and the vocals remind me of the frantic freeform jazz stylings of The Pop Group and Rip, Rig, + Panic.

These guys are good, and they have a sound that would make them fit in with some of the more daring and experimental post-punk and art rock bands in town. It's a shame their next trip to Atlanta falls on a night when Vivian Girls and King Tuff's new band are in town.

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