The Beatings

The Heart, the Product, the Machine and the Asshole

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Previously dubbed scream rock, post-punk, and noise pop as evidenced by their 2001 demo EP 6Hz and 2002's Italiano, Boston's the Beatings add slowcore to their repertoire with the advent of The Heart, the Product, the Machine and the Asshole. With their deep warbles and sluggish axes, lead singers and guitarists Tony Skalicky and Eldridge Rodriguez recall Idaho on the commanding opener, "American Standard," and a twang-tinged exercise in desperation known as "Organ Donor Regrets." The whispering intricacies of "These Will Be the Old Days Someday" make the midtempo "This Year" -- sung by bassist Erin Dalbec -- seem downright rollicking. But without question, it's the clever, cross-dressing lament "Transvestite Bar" that steals the show on an EP that finds the Beatings punching through another rock style with mad skills.

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