Rubberneckers vs. Tailgaters

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Rubberneckers vs. Tailgaters, the second album in Loudspeaker's three-disc career, captures the band maturing from a gloomier, half-avant/half-noise rock band into an infinitely tighter, more interesting outfit. Sure, it generally takes an album or so for a band to find their stride, but this time around, Loudspeaker have also reduced their personnel, dropping from a quartet to the equal footing of the power trio format. Indeed, the band does sound more powerful, having added the tasteful, challenging, and powerful drumming of Martin Kob. The pulse of his style is more driving, even if he maintains a slightly jazzy, off-kilter sense of meter. Matt Borruso's vocals, though they often resemble a twangier, more volatile version of Lux Interior, are absolutely central to this release, along with his powerfully rhythmic guitar work. Though Loudspeaker more often than not reflected their milieu (noise rock in New York, circa early to mid-'90s), they were becoming an increasingly potent vessel with Rubberneckers vs. Tailgaters, offering challenging riffs and drumming -- like the Jesus Lizard, while retaining the aggressive edge of bands like Unsane.

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