1938, the sophomore effort by Michigan-by-way-of-Rhode-Island noisemakers 25 Suaves, is a highly energized journey through sonic levels of the grittiest sort. The married duo of guitarist/vocalist ex-Danse Asshole Velocity Hopkins and drummer DJ Party Girl grind through the nine-song disc fueling their music with a mix of math rock, punk, post-punk, grindcore, and party music. The music is full of violent, wailing outbursts, and rhythmic upheaval from the start, opening with the churning rage of "Party Disease" and "Juan's Rules." Hopkins shines on "Over the Seas of Orion," his steady vocals raging throughout, serving as another instrument in the midst of the controlled chaos. Comparisons to Motörhead are inevitable, as the band continues at a furious pace throughout, favoring an aggressive, steady, and loud approach throughout. The visceral edge of songs like "Sweet Nessy" and "Saturday" help maintain the disc's high-octane sound past the midway mark. The wonderfully aggressive "Michigan" serves as the last studio track of the disc, as well as the disc's only instrumental track, while "DEA305" rounds out the disc with a live offering from a concert in Rhode Island. The disc, while only about a half-hour long, packs a serious punch, impressing listeners with the band's relentless and unapologetic fury of sound. The disc was recorded mostly in Adrian, Michigan at the studio operated by Bulb Records.
AllMusic Review by Stephen Cramer