For this '80s New York avant-rock troupe, their notoriety for extraordinarily loud live performances and this live album is a testament to one such event. Sounding considerably more inspired than on the albums Dusted and Cloud One, their signature mix of tight progressive arrangements and tempo shifts overlaid with walls of static guitar wash saw them often name-checked alongside Sonic Youth during the '80s. The sound of the group is in no way compromised by the live recording setting -- accomplished avant-rock with great songs and inventive instrumentation, which makes one wonder whether their studio albums were a little overworked. In retrospect, it is a wonder the group was not more widely known outside of critical circles, where they were praised unanimously alongside Swans, Sonic Youth, Big Black, and Ut. Interesting to hear the avant-rock beginnings of indie stars Come and Chavez -- where members of Live Skull went in the '90s. Overall, a great if somewhat overlooked album.
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