One of my favorite bands that I ever met on the road was D.C.'s legendary TURBOSLUT. They were four women resurrecting the spirit of bands like SPITBOY while putting their own spin on the genre, especially their later stuff which had a definite noisy-sludge element happening. Unfortunately for the human race, they broke up a few years back. I was crestfallen upon receiving this news, and my fellow bandmates and I tried diligently to convince the ladies to reunite so we could tour Australia. I recall very distinctly sitting outside of the van in Austin late one night before a show pleading with various members of the band. It just wasn't meant to be. Luckily, I kept in touch with vocalist/guitarist/life coach Beck, and she sent me a demo tape of her new band in the mail this past month.
They are called THE GIFT. While retaining the bleak lyrical content and punk edge of Turboslut, the songs have a noisy grunge influence that really set them apart. The vocals are heavier on the singing, with some shrieks thrown in at the right moment. One song starts off really pop-punkish and transitions flawlessly into straight up dissonant black metal, complete with blast beat.
My favorite thing about this band is how they really don't sound like any other band happening right now, even though you can hear strands of different genres spread out in these songs.
Word has it that they might be down here in October to play with GHASTLY CITY SLEEP. More details as I get them.
THE GIFT - DEMO