Oh, this record is going to make Mine gag. But I love it. It is dirty, noisy punk rock belted out by this Canadian two-piece, who have eschewed guitars in favour of fat, distorted and effected bass and pounding drums. Unfortunately, the band imploded in a fit of spit and bad tempers sometime after releasing You're A Woman, I'm A Machine, their one and only long player.
While I note some similarities to favourites, Queens Of The Stoneage, who are masters of this dirty, fat rock, DFA1979 add their own twist to the formula by building great dance-punk grooves often accompanied by raging, distorted vocals. On this album, their attack is relentless, with most tracks clocking in under the 3:00 minute mark and only serves to leave me wanting to more.
As a side note, I have to thank my good friend Chris, who passed away recently, for putting me on to this band. Vale, my faraway friend. You'll be missed.
VERDICT: TURN IT UP
Oh these guys. YourZ has the t-shirt. And while I kind of liked the first two songs - especially Romantic Rights - it all got a bit same-y for me after a while. But at least the songs were short!
VERDICT: TURN IT DOWN
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