Austin, Texas is known for its eclectic music scene, full of bands that put their own spin on music, and Spray Paint is one of those groups. On their latest album, Clean Blood, Regular Acid, Spray Paint has realized their own weird version of punk.
They call it “scum rock,” throwing in hints of old school punk with out-of-tune guitars and spoken-word vocals. Spray Paint’s noise-punk songs will not sit well with every listener, but that’s just the thing: They’re so punk that they don’t care, and if you get it, you get it.
The album’s opening track, “Wet Beer,” is a weird-sounding tune that will grab Austinites looking for something outside of the box. This is not what we normally hear in the local scene. While “Wet Beer” is a short track clocking in at just under two minutes, it is a great introduction to the band, and the album’s overall style. The guitars and the lyrics; style will sound disjointed to some, but the album keeps it interesting enough that you can’t help being entertained.
Next, “Do Less Things,” we hear Spray Paint trying to find their niche. They show off their talent, but the unconventional styles and level of repetition will confuse some of the audience.
“Rednecks Everywhere” is up next, giving us a punchy bassline that underpins the whole tunee. “Rednecks” shows that the band has different influences colliding to to make their new, unique sound possible. “Live From Camp Mabry” is a deeper cut, and its fast-punk feel is a first for the record, leaving listeners with a messy vibe that’s a great fit for the style they establish in the album’s opening moments.
Clean Blood, Regular Acid’s closing song is “Cory’s Theme,” an eight-minute long jam that doesn’t give us anything new, but that’s okay. They blow listeners out with a culmination of the unusual new sounds they deployed across the rest of the record.
While some may feel that Spray Paint’s latest offering is a test of endurance due to its distinctive sound, Austin residents who are looking for something different will dig this hazy take on classic thrash
Here is a selection from Clean Blood, Regular Acid. You can buy the record at Monofonus Press for $15.
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