limited edition of 33 clear 7" lathe cuts with silk screened packaging & 4 page booklet
The new 7” split from WTCHS and Das Rad pairs two bands that harbour extremely powerful/instinctual sounds. In a recent interview with Jag of WTCHS I got a good understanding of something that I’d suspected for sometime. The approach and the product are genuine, through and through without a mote of misguided effort. They create music in a pocket universe that allows the band to toil with their “what if” effects and loops. Zero is the amount of outside influence. With each inspired release they explore and expose corners of that pocket universe via art, sound and the tangible release. JUNK’s art work continues to provide a visually familiar and surprising element that is now equally anticipated as the music WTCHS release.
WTCHS contribution to the 7” lathe is “Overkilmer/Some Girls”, a song that sees the band coalescing their previous sounds. Included are the barely buried guitars and howled Oooo’s that recall the Wet Weapons EP. These things are soon overcome though, as the voices become cavernous chants and the echoing percussive attacks begin. And nothing is the same from then on. Here are the noises of our dark interiors, inherent to humankind and rarely released. WTCHS celebrate the shadows and it is futile to reject it. Like “Overkilmer/Some Girls”, there is something off and sinister coded within all of us and if you continue to listen to WTCHS they will help you uncover and revel in such things.
Das Rad explore this darkness in a more concise manner, but with the same intensity. They serve to shed the skin we must wear throughout the work week. “Space Cake” and “Heavy Flow” are both explosive, while remaining condensed. It is the type of noise that invokes a feeling in a subtly roundabout way. Not opaque but definitely translucent. The type of thing you can embrace as your own while sharing it also.
These are songs that yearn to be heard live. Step out of line and join the cult. Accept that place to the side where these sounds engage your true nature. The feral one.