Noise rock shows no signs of slowing down this year.
Does anyone read the intro? These are our favourite noise rock albums of the year so far.
1HEADS. – PUSH
This new record from Berlin trio HEADS. is perhaps the most restrained album musically on this list but that doesn’t mean that it lacks intensity. Their noise rock is a swirling and hypnotic one that builds to an intense crash rather than exploding straight out of the gate. PUSH is the group’s third record, and it shows as it is their most accomplished and confident to date.
2Couch Slut – Take A Chance On Rock ‘n’ Roll
New York’s Couch Slut are terrifying. Their music, lyrics and aesthetic are all uncompromising and relentlessly confrontational. Most of all, the noise they craft is mesmerising in its raw and furious nature. Take A Chance On Rock ‘n’ Roll is their third album after My Life As A Woman and Contempt. It’s out now via Gilead Media. It takes zero prisoners.
3Lawyers – Exorcisms Are So Lit
A trio from Seattle, Lawyers combines their noise rock with a hefty punky dose of post-hardcore and even a touch of grunge. Exorcisms Are So Lit is their debut EP. Released at the end of May, the album keeps the throttle down pretty much for the duration and includes such wonderful song titles as ‘Good Job, Asshole’. Good job, Lawyers.
4Easy Prey – Relentless Struggle
Relentless Struggle is this Austin, Texas group’s first EP and follows their debut album Teeth which was released in February of 2018. After two powerful and straight up tracks leading the EP in the form of ‘Fail/Thrive’ and ‘Gasoline Mouth’, the group show they are not afraid to mix it up a bit with the more melodic ‘Fever Dream’ featuring Chelsea Hale. Here’s hoping they’ll expand on this on their next LP.
5Bruges – A Thread of Light
On their debut LP A Thread of Light, this Chicago, Illinois based outfit named after the Belgium capital continue to pummel their drone influenced brand of noise rock. Tracks like ‘Translucent’ also see the group venture into territory that is more indebted to post-rock and post-metal. Hypnotic and ferocious.