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Pre Language marks the moment Disappears comes into full focus. Merging psych, post-punk, and krautrock styles into one, their third record finds solid footing that gives balance to each facet. The sound's a shade brighter, and the songs are now equal parts Can-inspired grooves and churning rock. There’s a tad more muscle underlying it all, especially in the excellent drumming of Sonic Youth’s Steve Shelley. In fact, comparing the feel of Pre Language to a smoother-edged Sonic Youth isn't far off the mark; many of the tunes transform what might be shapeless murk in a lesser band’s hands into menace with rhythm. The first two tracks are a powerful start, charging steadily on hammered beats, wiry and snaggletoothed guitars quivering with reverb and distortion; Brian Case shouts like Thurston-meets-Iggy to be heard above the din. “Fear of Darkness” moves in a hypnotic groove, slyly building to a tension-filled end, while “Joa” takes a similarly seductive approach, its slinky, spartan beat morphing into a dark and unsettling pastiche of vocal despair and forceful (yet spare) guitar work.

Customer Reviews

First off if you

Might as well get the best…Steve Shelley has made a lot of strange guitar work sound freaking awesome over the years so this band is a perfect fit for him. I don't here them sounding anything close to the Violent Femmes…that band is called Vampire Weekend who also sound like the Talking Heads, the Police and numerous others. They sound a great deal like the obvious Joy Division and Interpol as well as the Horrors and a couple of other bands. I certainly here some Can going on, but, to me, they actually sound a great deal like a 90's outfit called Girls Against Boys, specifically their masterpiece, House of GVSB. Other than that this is a freaking awesome band and though one can play spot the influence all day long with them, they have made yet another stunning album. I don't really care if other bands sound like older bands I love, if they do a good job, it's more like a continuation of something great rather than a crappy band ripping off a good band.

Grey and static

They seem to be a bit linear in the play style however they vaguely remind me of the Violent Femmes with a touch of darker, overlying, and static tones. I'm only one person though.

Somewhat repetitious with a few ear worms

I love branching out and listening to music I don't know about. I don't know anything about Disappears, but I decided to give this album a listen. My personal music policy is that I delete every song that I don't think of as being a "five star song," one that I wouldn't skip if it appeared in shuffle mode. In this album, there are only three songs that I will definitely listen to long-term. The rest of them were very repetitious to me. I tried listening to the album several times, and I just wasn't "feeling it."


Formed: 2008 in Chicago, IL

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Carving out a space somewhere in the middle of garage punk snarl, shoegaze haze, and Krautrock grooves, Chicago's Disappears feature Brian Case (also of the Ponys and 90 Day Men), Boas members Graeme Gibson and Jonathan van Herik, and Damon Carruesco. The band started when Case's other groups were on hiatus and he was recording demos with Gibson; Gibson brought van Herik into the project, and in turn, van Herik brought Carruesco into the fold. Soon after forming, the band self-released a series of...
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