Loudspeaker

Re-Vertebrate

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The final album from this underrated noise rock trio from New York, Re-Vertebrate continued the progressive and aggressive rock strains of the previous outing, Rubberneckers vs. Tailgaters. In fact, it's a better album -- Matt Borruso and crew have crafted a fine batch of rock songs dipped as much in the New York noise tradition as the slide-guitar blues rock favored by outfits like Mule. Fact is, there's some absolutely appealing material here; catchy and driving, Kob's drumming sounds fully integrated into the mix, propulsive and deceptively simple, much like Mac McNeilly of the Jesus Lizard or Unsane's Vinnie Signorelli, two of the most celebrated drummers of underground rock from the 1990s. Kob is every bit their equal, and Borusso's strained howl and wail, though it owes a bit to folks like Lux Interior or Jon Spencer, is a raw, potent voice. Easily the band's finest hour, Re-Vertebrate also included new flourishes the band had yet to incorporate -- Hammond B-3 organ and plenty of excellent slide guitar work. Unfortunately, Loudspeaker never found their core audience, and after enduring the frustrations of the indie touring circuit, they called it quits a year later.

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