Self Destruct Button

Natural Selection of Accidents (Tower Control)

Self Destruct Button The Church Saturday, July 22
Self Destruct Button's Natural Selection of Accidents might be the White Album of Cleveland's noise scene. A bulldozer of a song, opening track "Comparing Cancers" mingles anger, technology, and blast beats into a dance party. The record walks an odd line, sounding crisp as a 50 Cent LP and then grittier than a gutter punk loitering on 14th Street.

Live, singer Jae Kristoff often disguises himself by wearing a Mexican wrestling mask, but here he shows a different side, full of confident urgency and driven to greater heights by the long, flowing melodies strung throughout the record. As with anything experimental, Natural Selection has sour moments -- "Mail Bomb" kills the album's momentum, sounding like Green Jelly fumbling through a techno song. You'll forgive and forget, though, if only to say thanks for "Best in Show," the best 58 seconds in Cleveland music this year.

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