Trenchmouth

The Broadcasting System

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Trenchmouth's fourth and final album completes the band's evolution from a guitar based math rock unit to a bass-heavy dub project. Recorded in June 1995 and "remodeled and disfigured for months thereafter" by producer wunderkind Casey Rice, The Broadcasting System is an under-recognized example of the mid-'90s indie scene's fascination with dub/reggae studio techniques. The album opens and closes with brief noise collages that make a distinct sound system declaration. The drum are run through and endless array of filters and echoes, as are many the vocals. "Broadcasting From the Heart" adds rootsy organ and melodica to the album's slow tempo bass workouts that get deeper as the album progresses into darker territories with each passing song. The album culminates with "Onus," a cadenced dirge that barely whispers it's intent. Only "The Fire and Wire Colossus" attempts any sort of up-tempo energy, driven by singer Damon Locks rude boy shouts. Although lacking in the power and diversity of Trenchmouth's previous album, Trenchmouth Vs. the Light of the Sun, The Broadcasting System is a masterful example of the long standing affinity between punk rock and Jamaican music.

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