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Album Review

The Beatings are an indie/punk band out of Boston, here with a great follow-up to their first EP, 6Hz. They're most often compared to the Pixies, in that they do similar-sounding Hüsker Dü/Superchunk-inspired rock with alternating male/female shrieky vocals. Both the Pixies and the Beatings have an experimental side, only they manifest it in different ways. The Pixies had no problem derailing a song off somewhere into the cosmos, while the Beatings tend to do odd, more contained tracks. The odder tracks on this album involve a glockenspiel, odd ambient sounds, and a porn soundtrack overlayed with a recording of someone giving birth. Plenty of bombast and urgency exist here, as if some of these recordings were made just as a bandmember or three were about to launch off into the deep end into pure, shrieky, distorted noise. Song dynamics play a big part of the album, with tempo changes along with a wall of guitar crashing down upon a formerly softer track. A fine album is this one, building on the promise of the 6Hz EP. Plus, you've gotta like any band that includes multiple alternate album covers in the packaging.

Biography

Formed: Boston, MA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s

The Boston-based indie/punk band the Beatings is comprised of members Erin Dalbec (vocals, bass), Eldridge Rodriguez (vocals, guitar), Tony Skalicky (vocals, guitar), and Dennis Grabowski (drums). Earning comparisons to such respected alternative acts as the Pixies, Husker Du, and Superchunk, the quartet have issued...
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