Minneapolis band Buildings play fierce and unhinged noise-rock. Info
Last year, Minneapolis-based noise-rockers Buildings dropped You Are Not One Of Us, their debut for Wisconsin label Gilead Media long-awaited follow-up to the filthy and pummeling 2011 album Melt Cry Sleep. And while the production is warmer and stonier and vocalist-guitarist Brian Lake has scaled back his David Yow-channeling groans, the band still sounds as frantically unhinged as ever. Album opener "Separate By Numbers" rolls out with growling feedback before exploding into Lake's discordant riffing and the rhythm section's airtight bearhug hammering grooves and thunderous bass lines.
Throughout You Are Not One Of Us, Buildings does a killer job of jamming a lot of different ideas through their dusty sonic lens. "Smell The Pool" is a trudging grunge nightmare that stomps around the listener's skull like it owns the fucking place and "Mother Nature" blasts off into blistering hardcore tempos. Meanwhile, "Pastor Dick" is a beautiful, drunken mess. It begins with sun-faded classic rock vibes before Lake's mutant vocals carry it into ominous surrealism. It should also be noted that Buildings are known for their punishingly fun live show. —Joel Shanahan