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Flat Worms belt-sanded everyone with their 7-inch on Volar, and Castle Face is proud as new papas to present their debut album. The band continues their ride on a buzz-saw wave of feedback-tipped riffs into the middle distance, the smog-choked sunset receding in the rearview, with a thousand-yard dead pan stare surgically pinned to a high octane set of boredom-energized punk pistons. This is an ear-ringing missive from the end of the cul-de-sac, a mirage wavering above a mid-sized American suburb at dusk, with the constellations bleached black by the sprawl. A little Wipers, a little Wire, and a lot of late-capitalist era anxious energy - Flat Worms scratch the itch quite nicely.
Laura says: Castle Face close out the year in fine style, with this hyper-energetic debut album from Los Angeles post-punk trio Flat Worms. Comprising of the all-star line-up of Will Ivy on guitar/vox (Dream Boys, Wet Illustrated, Bridez), Justin Sullivan on drums (Kevin Morby, The Babies) and Tim Hellman on bass (Thee Oh Sees, Ty Segall, Sic Alps) the Flat Worms have created a classic buzz-saw guitar sound that would happily nestle in your record collection next to the SST back catalogue, The Wipers, Soft Pack, No Age and more recently, the Parquet Courts. Pummelling drums, heaps of guitar fuzz, massive feedback drenched riffs and dead pan vocals are the order of the day here, and once you throw in killer tunes you’re destined to have these noisy earworm nuggets bouncing around your brain for days and days. A winner from start to finish and one of the most exciting debut albums of the year.
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