Bothers – s/t LP (Dirt Cult Records, 2019)

Shitting fecking crikey. Sometimes a record slaps you round the chops like a barbarian with a jeffing sledgehammer, mate. This latest offering from the always exciting Dirt Cult Records has certainly floored me, and a number of friends and acquaintances too.

So just who are Bothers? That’s a tricky one. They are from Portland, Oregon. Their bandcamp page simply states “ex-members of other bands”, a statement that can be applied to pretty much every band ever. The band members are simply listed as John, Matt & Mike. Could be anybody. Sometimes it’s cool to be steeped in mystery. Better than being steeped in tea brewed from bullshit, right? However, a little bit of further digging reveals that this crew are made up of members of the likes of Young Livers and North Lincoln.

Anyway, this LP has been described elsewhere as “fusing the best parts of Wipers, X and Born Against” and “the perfect soundtrack to throwing your boss in a fucking woodchipper”. I mean, who hasn’t had THAT boss, amiright? Some pretty good analogies right there, although the second one could probably also be used to describe the bulk of the Pig Destroyer back catalogue!

So what do I get from this one, then? This is some seriously scorching, acerbic and ferocious hardcore punk. I’d liken this to being repeatedly shot in the grid with rocket propelled grenades, but for some reason, enjoying it. This is the kind of aural assault that recalls for me Up In Them Guts era Planes Mistaken for Stars given some serious attitude adjustment via Aesthetic Arrest by Glass and Ashes, such is the frenzy being demonstrated here. And yet there is something about this Bothers LP that I found to be disarming self-conscious, and shoe-scuffingly awkward; therein, I feel, lies the true beauty of this well realised opus.

If you like the idea of a combination of howling fucking anguish and catharsis that could only be elseways realised by huffing paint stripper and then getting side-swiped by an articulated lorry while bombing a steep hill on a skateboard, then motherfucker, this is your jam right here. I’m giving this one a Tony of Nurgle rating of 9.5/10

Available in the UK via the Different Kitchen Records distro (while you are there, pick up some other stuff too – it’s rude not to and there is some great stuff on offer. Available also direct from Dirt Cult Records for those in the USA / Canada.

Tony of Nurgle is a true child of the North, recently returned to Yorkshire and residing in Leeds (after close to a decade living in exile in Croydon and South East London). He used to co-run a specialist record store in Manchester (Roadkill Records), and also several years as a promoter, and put on shows for the likes of Leatherface, the Loved Ones, Lucero, Minus The Bear, These Arms Are Snakes, Spy vs Spy, Latterman etc. He also spent several years DJing at shady rock clubs in Manchester, and started the infamous Thursday night "punk room" at Jilly's Rockworld. Also responsible for Middle Finger Response, and collaborated with a couple of friends on a monthly night called Refuse to Lose, which will still occasionally reunite the original DJ line-up - next event at Retro in Manchester on 07/09/2019. Apart from that, it's all bitterness and a jaundiced view of human nature, occasionally skateboarding, always exhausted, often reading books with maps in the front.

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