Montréal trio Lungbutter deliver an exciting, exhilarating and relentless barrage of astringent low end noise-punk, sometimes turning towards sludge rock and slowcore. It’s a rare treat when I get a tune sent in that stops me in my tracks, the preview track from their debut album immediately demanded my attention.
With no bass player in the band Kaity Zozula’s triple-amped guitar sound occupies a wide tonal space from low-end bass to insistent treble, somewhere near the sort of sound Buzz Osborne conjures for Melvins, but also reflecting Moore/Renaldo in the midst of their forays into guitar distress. The song structures are built around guitar riffs of varying tempos supported by Joni Sadler’s muscular, deliberate drums. Ky Brooks’ wry sing-speak vocals remind me of Carla Bozulich (without the growl) and Kim Gordon (but a bit more laconic) and a small portion of Patti Smith – the lyrical content is fascinating, literate and thought provoking.
Constellation have signed them and release their debut full-length, Honey, on May 31st.
Here’s a remarkable taster from the album which can be pre-ordered here.