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It’s been a long time since the saxophone was put to good use in punk rock: from the dance floor antics of England’s X-Ray Spex to the altered-state, art school punk of Tuxedomoon, those first-wave bands owned the punk sax sound for decades. But K-Holes’ Sara Villard is stepping up to take the mantle, and her brawny, aggressive playing is inarguably one of the New York group's most notable aspects. Former Black Lips member Jack Hines injects a crazed, psyched-out and freaked-out vibe with his barrage of distorted guitar and cracked howls, while his partner in grime Vashti Windish matches him with her own tortured rasp. Words like “dirge," “squall," and “sinister” come to mind as Dismania creeps along, with snatches of discernable lyrics pointing to themes of death, addiction, and squalor. Songs like “Nightshifter” and “Rats” have an undeniable pull, with tribal toms thumping and clanging, urgent guitars carving their way through the murk with a groove in tow. Not for the fainthearted, K-Holes take the edge of early Sonic Youth to another level, wringing more despair and angst out of their barely controlled chaos.

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If you're into the Black Lips you will probably like this record. This is not your typical jangle garage punk via Atlanta or San Fran. There is definitely something darker here. A little New York in there for sure. But, its still a garage record and the songs are pretty good after two listens. I think its some pretty good stuff. For a modern RIYL: Black Lips meets A place to bury strangers meets thee oh sees.


Formed: 2010 in New York City

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '10s

New York City's the K-Holes took their name from a hallucinatory trance state often compared to a schizophrenic episode that's brought on by abuse of the drug ketamine. That might seem like a strange name for a rock band, but given the K-Holes' dark, murky swamp of sound, it's also curiously appropriate. The K-Holes were formed by guitarist and singer Jack Hines, who was a member of the Black Lips from 2002 to 2004. Hines, an Atlanta native, left the Black Lips to spend more time with his new wife...
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