This 2005, 5-song ear-pillager from San Franciscoâ€™s semi-active CURSE OF THE BIRTHMARK was the electro-zap my ass needed to get the foam coming out of the mouth again when I first heard it a little over a year ago. â€œWelcome To The Hard Timesâ€¦.Youâ€™re Lateâ€ is the sort of dark, aggressive â€œindustrial rockâ€ I used to envision in the early/mid 80s whenever Iâ€™d read about TEST DEPT. or EINSTURZENDE NEUBAUTEN or whatever, whom invariably let me down. C.O.T.B. did not let me down; on the contrary, this EP is full of frothing, electronics-filled no wave guitar, some absolutely thumping drumming, and enough bleeding ear tones to keep you in the isolation chamber for hours afterward. Thereâ€™s a rabid, mysterious churner at the end of Side 1 called â€œToo Many Ministersâ€ that I have not been able to stop playing for a year. They put out one other 45 thatâ€™s also quite good, and I think theyâ€™ve maybe played one live show in the past 365 days. I couldnâ€™t go â€“ I think I had to wash my hair or something. See if youâ€™re up to the challenge by clicking on the links below.
Play or Download CURSE OF THE BIRTHMARK â€“ â€œWelcome To The Hard Times, Youâ€™re Lateâ€
Play or Download CURSE OF THE BIRTHMARK â€“ â€œShow Yer Fangsâ€
Play or Download CURSE OF THE BIRTHMARK â€“ â€œToo Many Ministersâ€
Play or Download CURSE OF THE BIRTHMARK â€“ â€œLe Phantâ€
Play or Download CURSE OF THE BIRTHMARK â€“ â€œMonster Imitates Carâ€