No, you are not ready for the paradigm-obliterating onslaught of Bound/Cured.
In little more than two-and-a-half minute this pair of tracks somehow manages to call to mind the work of such wildly disparate bands as Husker Du, Integrity, My Bloody Valentine, Drive Like Jehu and more without losing the sneering heart and kinetic soul of Bleach Everything past. It’s a brilliant, condensed piece of transcendent avant punk that speaks to listeners on a more fundamental, primal level than ever before.
You can check out the whole damn thing below — out on 7-inch x-ray flexi on Friday via Dark Operative — as well as a bit of context courtesy vocalist Brent Eyestone…
“Growing up throughout the 80’s and early 90’s, there wasn’t ever a singular source or algorithm by which to form not just one’s musical preferences, but awareness of what was out there on the whole. You could read about what someone thought a certain album or band sounded like in various publications big and small, but it would take a considerable amount of effort to actually hear anything that wasn’t marketed through the majors.
“That said, many film directors of that era used that gap in the matrix toward crafting unique cinematic voices and tones via the inclusion of underground or fringe musicians and recordings in their creations. As a kid, the most powerful technique for me was when a band would pop up in a ‘secret’ club or ‘illegal’ gathering within the protagonists’ larger arc centered around an epic night out on the town. When done right, those few split seconds where you could see a cool band physically performing under cinematic exaggerations would lend to the euphoria of a world yet unexplored in a young mind.
“With ‘Bound’ and ‘Cured,’ the conceptual headspace was simply to be the band on stage in that type of “epic night out” film… where most people watching the movie have no clue who you are, but you succeed in giving them something both gritty and catchy toward driving the spirit of a larger narrative. The length of the songs lends to this concept even more, as they both get to their points very quickly. Even if the protagonist isn’t going to the club to see the band specifically and, let’s say, is just walking through the room to get information from a seedy character in the back of the room, any given part of either song is going to lend toward the charged energy that the scene requires.”