Who: Boston’s Kal Marks rip their way through a 5-track EP, laying everything to waste with their wonderfully grotesque sound.
Sound: Kal Marks make beautiful, grungy noise. Off-putting to some, but it draws me in every time.
TFN Final Take: Let The Shit House Burn Down doesn’t waste any time. This 5-track EP is efficient. Lean and mean Kal Marks’ noise rock. “Nu Legs” opens the album. Its deep guttural noise is punctuated by Carl Shane’s unique vocals that range from a nasal twang to a scalding caterwaul.
The assault on your ears doesn’t let up with “Kimmy.” It is another bracing track from these purveyors of sludgy noise rock. Track 3 lets up a little bit, acting as a nice set up for the epic and one of the best tracks on the album. It’s so “Hard to Know How to Say Goodbye” is a real stunner, it breaks from the normal Kal Marks mold and even drifts towards a quasi-Pavement realm towards the end of the song.
Album closer, “Science is Science” is the real hero here. The band unleashes everything in their repertoire, resulting in an epic ending to an EP that will leave your head spinning, your eardrums bleeding and wanting more music from this incredible band.
Kal Marks Review History: Universal Care (2018); Life Is Alright, Everybody Dies (2016)
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– Reviewed by Daniel Taylor