I think I need to be reminded every so often how impressive it is to see a band that's in total command of their shit. I mean, I like it when bands play it loose and sloppy, bouncing a few covers off the audience's heads and so forth, but then I'll witness the brutal single-mindedness of a band like Oiltanker and think, "That's the way to go." You shouldn't have to be into hardcore to appreciate how a band like Oiltanker sets their goals and achieves them without yielding to anyone, just like you shouldn't have to be told to appreciate any harsh blast of noise once it's twisting your ears off. To say that Oiltanker is worthwhile is like saying cats are stupid, to say that you should willingly seek out this kind of punishment is like saying heart attacks aren't very good for you. There's an absolute bloody purposefulness that exists which is awesome.
I was expecting to see atrilliongallonsofgas as part of the bill last Friday at Whitney House, but I guess they were in the middle of a lineup reshuffling and didn't make it to the show. I did get to see Attentat, though, which is a new band that Sean from the Whitney House is in. I don't really have the vocabulary to describe this type of stuff-- it sounded like metal-y speedcore to me, with a lot of jagged riffs (not necessarily chugga chugga riffs, just jagged) and guitar solos and whatnot-- but it was actually pretty good, and they had a full set list of songs and sounded kinda tight, which is impressive for a new band playing what was maybe only their second show ever. I'd point you in the direction of the Attentat MySpace but they don't seem to have one, though if you look around you'll find that there's a few other Attentats out there (including a rap dude from Germany), so beware of false Attentats. (Attentat MySpace page is up now!)
(these files are now listen-only)
"Drink or Die"