A new punk crusher out of the UK comes from the ever-consistent Upset The Rhythm stable. Shake Chain, a London four-piece with a knack for performance art, crawl into view with a twitched guitar pound, grinding the listener like gristle on teeth. Yet, the band’s terse pacing is hardly the most bracing element in their arsenal. Singer Kate Mahony works the atonal tension like few in her field, thrumming the nerve of the universe like Yoko Ono covering X-Ray Spex. The song finds a common ground between the experiments of avant-rock and the pelvic-thrust of punk. Fans of Pere Ubu and Half Japanese should find a bit to love here, chaos pressed to wax and served up to aid your itch. The album is out November 18th.
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