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OOPS ‘Demo’

Jun 29, 2022 | Punk, Reviews

Precision punk & searing hysteria

The Mouse imprint of Osaka, Tokyo, have got their finger on the pulse of hardcore and a whole heap of weirdness. We’re talking crust, doom, proto-grind. You get the picture: beautiful headbanging bleakness.

Demo – which isn’t a Demo but rather a melding of old and new tracks – sees Oops return to the Mouse release schedule in spectacular style.

Speed, precision, crunchy chords, and tightly coiled rhythms, characterise much of Demo with Yokota Minami’s menacing vocals taking centre stage: like stomping on an internal Rat distortion pedal, Minami’s delivery spectacularly spills over into searing hysteria when required. Then, each time there’s a push towards the noisemongering which Melt Banana/Lightning Bolt deal in, they pull back, and deliver a bite size blistering punk nugget. Essential.

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