Monday, August 12, 2013

TILE LP

TILE - YOU HAD A FRIEND IN PENNSYLVANIA LP (Limited Appeal)
After a series of amazing 7" and 12" singles & EPs over the last couple of years here's finally the first full lenght by noise-rock trio Tile from Allentown, Pennsylvania. "You Had A Friend In Pennsylvania" succeeds to carry the intensity of their singles over to a full album and it features some of their best and most pulverising songs so far. Tile take the vibe of early 90s Touch&Go noise-rock to combine it with a more damaged no frills approach. In the forefront there's a loud, harsh, full distorted and downtuned bass and guitar sound giving Tile a highy distinctive touch. They add tight killer grooves, an overall heavy pounding rhythm section and vocals variiing between manic screams and a more spoken style. The result are ugly noise-rock tunes based on a unique hybrid between sludgy monotony and hardcore-rooted pissed off outbreaks. The production is dry, modern and just super powerful. Especially the drum recording confers an extra punch. I guess Tile are often compared with Pissed Jeans, but this band really needs no references and they play some of today's best, most independent noiserock. (Listen to it here)