Label: Out Of Sound Records
This awesome collection of tracks is PIE-002, the second instalment of split 7”’s created by Canadian label Out Of Sound Records. These guys with their PIE series look to bring some much needed attention to the true Canadian underground scene. This collection features Bleet, Wild Domestic, WTCHS and I Smell Blood, who contribute to one of the most consistently good splits I’ve heard in a long time.
First up are Bleet, a three piece instrumental band with their track Feno Barbitol. It’s a quick track that brings a lot of gritty guitar, very prominent basslines and crashing drums to the mix to make one heck of a ballsy introduction for PIE-002 in less than two minutes.
Next up is Wild Domestic with Old Water Sports. These guys take influence from double drumming progressive acts to utilise this unique take on the sticks with some surf-rock/post-jam riffs and pull it really well. Old Water Sports is a very busy listen full of many different sounds and noises, it’s brilliant.
After that come WTCHS, a band I’m familiar with via their Wet Weapons EP. These guys once again bring back their hectic, heavy sound performed through broken equipment and broken speakers. Future Fires is slightly more accessible than anything heard on the EP, with a guitar riff that’s catchy – and recognisable for once – while retaining the heavy quality, lived in sound of WTCHS. This is easily the heaviest song on the split, and keeps me excited for future WTCHS material.
Ending PIE-002 with a bang is I Smell Blood, a two piece from Ontario with the track Nick Workman’s 5 Best Features. This is another heavy track which features a guitar riff that pulsates through the airwaves, making room for the brutal rhythm section to reach in to the weak spot of the listener’s eardrums and have its way with them. It’s a fantastic song and the perfect way to bring an end to one of the best splits I’ve heard in a long time.
I cannot wait to hear any future releases in the PIE series, as judging from PIE-002 they look to bring a lot of similar bands together to form one cohesive listen. All four of these bands will be on my radar now, and I will definitely want to hear some more material from them. Good job Out Of Sound!