I picked these records up this morning, and while I’m happy to have all this new music, I’m scared that I’m not going to find adequate time to really sit and digest them all until later this year. I love release days like this, but hate them too.
RANDOM START: YOUNG WIDOWS, “SWAMPED AND AGITATED”
Dilemma #1: I couldn’t find the album track of this song (or any Young Widows songs, for that matter) on YouTube, which is pretty disheartening because it means that not enough people have listened to this band. The live version above has audio that doesn’t really do the song justice, so I decided to find an alternative method of sharing this song with you. That lead me to…
Dilemma #2: Unfortunately, Tumblr won’t let me post an audio file larger than 10 MB (this song is 11MB), so instead I decided to post the audio version of the sound I heard in my head when my second option for sharing this song with you ended up being a no-go. If you have 99 pennies to spare (and trust me), you can buy the song here. Do it. If you hate it, I’ll give you a dollar next time we cross paths. How’s that for a guarantee?
Dilemma #3: The labeling of socks as L (left) and R (right) by certain companies has made losing a sock in the wash even more catastrophic than it had ever been before. What am I supposed to do with all these left-footed socks? Find an amputee?
I’ve already written a little about them in a previous Random Start (there’s video there as well), but I’ll add that if you like heavy, dischordant rock with great riffs, even greater tones, and a little slide guitar to boot, you need to get into this band immediately. When they break into half-time heaviness with that riff at 3:20 in this track, it makes me want to bang my head until it falls off.
Today’s Random Start was actually “Mid-Western” by Young Widows, but due to an unfortunate scarcity of their material on YouTube (live or otherwise), I bent the rules a bit and went with a live performance of “Delay Your Pressure”. At certain moments, these guys remind me of Botch, and a little of Barkmarket in others. Seeing as those are two of my favorite heavy bands, Young Widows found a permanent spot in my listening rotation. I’ve blown it so far, and haven’t had a chance (read: have failed through no one’s fault by my own) to see them live. That needs to change ASAP.