The Lovekill

The Lovekill (EP) (Requisite Recordings)

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The Lovekill, with Letters Organize and the Pink Spiders Pat's in the Flats Thursday, March 4
When Lovekill frontman Rager announces that "resistance has a subtlety" on the final cut of this electric debut EP, it's a snarling summation of his band's modus operandi. The Lovekill alternates finesse with fury; it's acrobatic post-punk capable of breaking hearts and teeth.

The album twists and twirls as if caught in a windstorm. "Perfect Second Try" is colored by Rager's affected pleas and a roiling bass line, before erupting with shocks of guitar that hit like a toaster tossed in the bathtub. The album opener, "Broken Records," is restive and temperamental, a sophisticated shit-fit that's checked by the highly strung "Staccato," which rides a shout-along chorus that's all but impossible to remain seated to. Get up and get down with Love.

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