EP Review – Dread Head EP, PC Worship
Some of us had been daintily applying ChapStick before Brooklyn’s PC Worship played at the Villanova house in Davis, CA. I didn’t know which factor contributed the enjoyment, but I decided to buy their record anyway. At least it looked cool: the silk screened black reptilian Virgin on nacreous sleeve, seemingly burned into the paper, next to an electric stove top, a knife, and esoteric geometries. The record was the Dread Head EP and as soon as one of the three broken turntables in the house was fixed, I listened to it. Immediately I found something interesting. “Tides,” the first track, sounds a lot like the Liars, Drums Not Dead era, with the alternating baritone vocal punch, droned out guitar notes, and saxophone trails. Soon following, the song erupts into dark tribal pop, improvised elements of chaos provided by saxophone, more drone and noise.
The cohesion of Dread Head is mostly in the fidelity of the recordings and noise elements. Many of the details are barely discernable because of the lo-fi technique. The songs, though, are very different from one another. While “Tides” is the darkest song, the others are nasty masses of effected pop, coalescing in offbeat guitar solos and catchy vocal melodies such as the one in “Staring at the Sun,” whose title is repeated into the conclusion of this polyvinyl chloride spinning disk.
Catchy, trashed, and recommended. There might be some of the 150 copies left. Available on their blog.