(Brain Slash Records)
Very Fucking Grawlixes is the vinyl debut from this noisy hardcore punk band from Albany, New York. The Confuse / Gai / Kyushu axis is an obvious inspiration here, showing up in the manic pogo rhythms and the way the bass carries the songs while the guitars sound like cascading sheets of white noise. It reminds me of Gai’s Damnation, but there’s also something very American about it… maybe I’m getting that from the song title “Anarchy in Wal-Mart,” but I hear it in the music too. Grawlixes isn’t one of those bands that has dialed in every aspect of their recording and performance to replicate their inspirations. Instead, they come off like a bunch of punk maniacs who got inspired by music from several decades and thousands of miles away and adapted it to their circumstances and environment. Punk’s cultural snowball continues to roll downhill some 45 years after the genre’s inception, and Grawlixes’ six-song EP provides solid enjoyment for anyone still tracking its path.